Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903)

Death: 1st November 1903
Location: Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof II, Berlin, Germany
Photo taken by: Matthias Alfa
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German classical scholar and historian. He was awarded the 1902 Nobel Prize in Literature and was cited as the greatest living master of the art of historical writing, with special reference to his monumental work, A History of Rome. Mommsen is one of the very few non-fiction writers to receive the award.
He studied Jurisprudence at University. He then went on to travel in France and Italy to study classical history. In 1852 he became Professor of Roman Law at the University of Zurich. In 1858 he went to the Academy of Sciences in Berlin and in 1861 he became professor of Roman History at the University of Berlin.