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Theodor Mommsen

Historian Theodor Mommsen

Full Name: Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen
Profession: Historian

Nationality:
Germany
German

Why Famous: Regarded as one of the greatest classicists and historians of the 19th century, Mommsen was awarded the 1902 Nobel Prize in Literature with a citation that said he was "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing, with special reference to his monumental work A History of Rome".

His work on Rome is still extremely important for contemporary historical research, and his works on Roman law and on the law of obligations had a significant impact on the German civil code (BGB).

Born: November 30, 1817
Birthplace: Garding, Duchy of Schleswig
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: November 1, 1903 (aged 85)

Events in the Life of Theodor Mommsen

  • 1902-12-12 German historian Theodor Mommsen is awarded the Nobel prize for Literature for "his historical writing with special reference to his monumental work, "A History of Rome"

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