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Ferdinand Gregorovius
Ferdinand Gregorovius
Ferdinand Gregorovius (January 19, 1821 – May 1, 1891) was a Germanmarker historian who specialized in the medieval history of Romemarker. He is best known for Wanderjahre in Italien, his account of the walks he took through Italy in the 1850s, and the monumental Die Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter (History of Rome in the Middle Ages), a classic for Medieval and early Renaissance history. He also wrote biographies of Pope Alexander VI and Lucrezia Borgia, as well as works on Byzantine history and medieval Athensmarker, and translated Italian authors into German, among them Giovanni Melis. According to Jesuit Father John Hardon, S.J. Gregorovius was "a bitter enemy of the popes."

Gregorovius was born at Neidenburg marker, East Prussiamarker, and studied theology and philosophy at the University of Königsberg. After teaching for many years, Gregorovius took up residence in Italymarker in 1852, remaining in that country for over twenty years. In 1876 he was made honorary citizen of Rome, the first German to be awarded this honor. A street and a square is named after him. He eventually returned to Germany, where he died in Munichmarker.

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""What human institution could have withstood the ordeal?" asks de Maistre. A bitter enemy of the popes, Gregorovius, declares that the Schism "raised the papacy from decadence to a new eminence, and showed the world once again how the mystical faith of the people endows the pontiffs with power that can rise to glory even when apparently dead." Fr. John Hardon S.J."


  • Der Tod des Tiberius ("Tiberius' Death", 1851)
  • Geschichte des römischen Kaisers Hadrian und seiner Zeit ("History of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and His Times", 1851)
  • Corsica (1854)
  • Göthe’s Wilhelm Meister in seinen socialistischen Elementen entwickelt. Schwäbisch Hall: E. Fischhaber, 1855.
  • Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter (1859–1872)
  • Wanderjahre in Italien (1856–1877)
  • Geschichte der Stadt Athen im Mittelalter. Von der Zeit Justinians bis zur türkischen Eroberung ("History of Athens in the Middle Ages. From Justinian to the Turkish Conquest", 1889)
  • Lucrezia Borgia (1874)

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