Johann Georg Graevius: Animadversiones ad Petavii

Scope and Content

Notes on a series of lectures given by J.G. Graevius on two chronological tables taken from works of D. Ptau.

Administrative / Biographical History

Johann Georg Graevius (1632-1703), German antiquary, classical scholar, and critic, was born on 29 January 1632 in Naumburg, Saxony. After initially considering a career in the law, he turned instead to philology, and completed his studies at Leiden and Amsterdam. In 1656 he was called to the chair of rhetoric at the University of Duisburg. He moved to Deventer in 1658, before taking the chair of rhetoric, and later history and politics, at the University of Utrecht. Graevius was historiographer to William III of England. He developed catalogues of Roman and Italian antiquities. His two most important works are the Thesaurus antiquitaturn Romanarum (12 volumes, 1694-1699) and the Thesaurus antiquitatum et historiarum Italiae, published after his death (1704-1725). He died at Utrecht on 11 January 1703.

Denis Ptau (1583-1652), theologian and Jesuit, taught rhetoric and positive theology, and developed a wide reputation in his lifetime for his works on chronology. He also wrote on history, philosophy, polemics, patristics, and the history of dogma.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Seeley Librarian, with the approval of the History Board, 1921


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Related Material

A letter from the Seeley Librarian, Harold Temperley, 21 February 1921, which was found in the MS is now a part of MS.Add.7339.