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Peerlkamp, Petrus Hofman

PEERLKAMP, PETRUS HOFMAN (1786-1865), Dutch classical scholar and critic, descended from a family of French refugees named Perlechamp, was born at Groningen on the and of February 1786. He was professor of ancient literature and universal history at Leiden from 1822 to 1849, when he resigned his post and retired to Hilversum near Utrecht, where he died on the 27th of March 1865. He was the founder of the subjective method of textual criticism, which consisted in rejecting in a classical author whatever failed to come up to the standard of what that author, in the critic's opinion, ought to have written. His ingenuity in this direction, in which he went much farther than Bentley, was chiefly exercised on the Odes of Horace (the greater part of which he declared spurious), and the Aeneid of Virgil. He also edited the Ars poetica and Satires of Horace, the Agricola of Tacitus, the romance of Xenophon of Ephesus, and was the author of a history of the Latin poets of the Netherlands (De vita, doctrina, et facilitate N ederlandorum qui carmina latino, composuerunt, 1838).

See L. M tiller, Gesch. der klassischen Philologie in den Niederlanden (1869), and J. E. Sandys, Hist, of Class. Schol. (1908), iii. 276.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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