PRELLER, LUDWIG (1809-1861), German philologist and antiquarian, was born at Hamburg on the 15th of September 1809. After having studied at Leipzig, Berlin and Gottingen, in 1838 he was appointed to the professorship of philology at Dorpat, which, however, he resigned in 1843. He afterwards spent some time in Italy, but settled in Jena in 1844, where he became professor in 1846. In the same year he removed as head librarian to Weimar, where he died on the 21st of June 1861. His chief works are: Demeter u. Persephone (1837); Griechische Mythologie (1854-1855; 4th ed., by C. Robert, 1887 seq.); and Romische Mythologie (1858; 3rd ed. by H. Jordan, 1881-1883). He also co-operated with H. Ritter in the preparation of the most useful Historia philosophiae graecae el romanae ex fontium locis contexla (1838; ed. E. Wellmann, 1898). He contributed extensively to Ersch and Gruber's Attgemeine Encyklopadie and Pauly's Realencyklopddie der classischen Altertumswissenschafl. A complete list of his works will be found in Ausgewahlte Aufsalze aus dem Gebiete der klassischen Altertumswissenschaft (ed. R. Kohler, 1864).
See G. T. Stichling, Ludwig Preller. Eine Gedachtnissrede (Weimar, 1863); C. Bursian, Geschichte der classischen Philologie in Deutschland (1883).
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