Marcus Meibomius

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Marcus Meibomius[1] (c. 1630, Tönningen – 1710/1711, Utrecht) was a Danish[2] general scholar. Best known now as a historian of music, he was an antiquarian and librarian, and also a philologist and mathematician.


Meibomius is best known for his work Antiquae musicae auctores septem of 1652, on ancient Greek music. It printed works, in Greek originals with Latin translation, by Aristoxenos, Cleonides (though attributed to Euclid) Gaudentius, Nicomachus, Alypius, Bacchius, and Aristides Quintilianus (supported by Martianus Capella). It is now seen as pioneer scholarship, not supplanted until the twentieth century, and largely comprehensive on the topic. He attempted concert performances reconstructing Greek music.

He wrote also on the Bible and classical triremes (Fabrica Triremium, 1671). A well-known figure and intellectual of his times, he was considered a polemicist and a somewhat eccentric figure, about whom anecdotes circulated.


  • Antiquae Musicae Auctores Septem. Graece et Latine (1652)
  • De Proportionibus (1655), a work attacked by John Wallis in Adversus Meibomium, de proportionibus dialogus (1657)
  • Liber de Fabrica Triremium (1671)
  • Davidis psalmi X (1690)
  • Diogenes Laertius (1692)
  • Davidis Psalmi duodecim, & totidem Sacrae Scripturae Veteris Testamenti integra capita (1698)

Rerum Germanicarum Tom I (some old histories about Germany) found cited in Anton Gottfried Schlichthaber, "Mindische Kirchengeschichte" 1753 III. Theil 3. Stück S. 230 weist auf den Fundations-Brief der Kirche zu Lahde hin.


  1. ^ Known as Marcus, Marc or Mark Meibom, Meiboom or Maybaum.
  2. ^ Or possibly German, from Holstein.


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