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Johannes Leunclavius[1] (1541–1594) was a German historian and orientalist. He was an expert in Turkish history, republishing and annotating Ottoman sources. He also edited Xenophon, Cassius Dio and other classical authors.

He also published 'Hist Turcia Musulmanica'.[2]

Leunclavius accompanied the nobleman Heinrich von Lichtenstein on a diplomatic mission to Istanbul, staying there from October 1584 to April 1585.[3]

He was a friend of Friedrich Sylburg, who published his translation of Zosimus.[4]


  1. ^ Other name variants: Hans Lewenklaw, Löwenklau, Joannes Leunclavius, John Leunclavius
  2. ^ Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 3, p. 6, at Google Books
  3. ^ Nina Berman (11 February 2011). German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989. University of Michigan Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-472-11751-2. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Philologia Orientalis. Brill Archive. 1976. p. 48. GGKEY:GCEL4PZ88LS. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • B. Stolte, 'Observations on Joannes Leunclavius (1541-1594) at work', Rechtshistorisches Journal 13 (1994), pp. 219–33.