Karl Gottlob Zumpt

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Karl Gottlob Zumpt

Karl Gottlob (Carolus Timotheus) Zumpt (1 April 1792, Berlin – 25 June 1849) was a German classical scholar known for his work in the field of Latin philology.

Educated at Heidelberg and Berlin, he was from 1812 onward, a schoolteacher at Friedrich Werder Gymnasium in Berlin. In 1821 he transferred as a professor to the Joachimsthal Gymnasium, also in Berlin. In 1827 he was appointed professor of classical philology at the University of Berlin.[1]

His chief work was his "Latin Grammar" ("Lateinische Grammatik"", 1818), which stood as a standard work until superseded by Johan Nicolai Madvig's textbook in 1844 (In Danish: "Latinsk Sproglære til Skolebrug").[2] He edited Quintilian's "Institutio Oratoria" (Volume 5, 1829. a project started by Georg Ludwig Spalding),[3] as well as works by Quintus Curtius Rufus and Cicero:

  • "Q. Curtii Rufi De gestis Alexandri Magni, regis Macedonum, libri qui supersunt octo by Quintus Curtius Rufus", 1826.
  • "M. Tullii Ciceronis Verrinarum libri septem", 1830.
  • "M. Tullii Ciceronis de officiis libri tres. Ad optimorum exemplarium sidem recensiti", 1837.[4]

Otherwise, he primarily devoted his time and efforts to Roman history, publishing "Annales veterum regnorum et populorum" (3rd ed. 1862),[5] a work in chronology down to 476 AD, and other antiquarian studies.[6]

He was the uncle of August Wilhelm Zumpt.[4]


  1. ^ List of works Berlin, 2002
  2. ^ WorldCat Title Latinsk Sproglære til Skolebrug
  3. ^ Gustav Emil Lothholz (1900), "Zumpt, Gottlob", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 45, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 481–484 
  4. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  5. ^ WorldCat Identities Most widely held works about Karl Gottlob Zumpt
  6. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Zumpt". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1056. 

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