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Groningen, B. A. van (Bernhard Abraham), 1894-1987



  • Existence: 1894 - 1987

Biographical information

Bernard Abraham van Groningen (1894-1987) was born in 1894 in Twello. Between 1924 and 1964 he was professor in Ancient Greek language, literature and antiquities at Leiden University. Although Van Groningen published on a wide range of topics, both in academic articles and monographies as articles for the wider public, his main topics of interest where Greek archaic poetry and Greek papyrology. Together with Martin David (1898-1986) and Julius Christiaan van Oven (1881-1963) he was one of the founding members of the Papyrological Institute. During the Second World War, he resigned and in 1942-1943 he was for some period detained in the hostage camp Sint-Michielsgestel. In 1949-1950 he was rector magnificus of Leiden University. In 1969, a few years after his retirement, he suffered a stroke, which largely prevented him from continuing scientific work. He died in Leiderdorp in 1987.


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Languages Used

  • English
  • Dutch; Flemish