Henri Frankfort

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Frankfort in the 1930s

Henri Frankfort (born February 24, 1897 in Amsterdam , † July 17, 1954 in London ) was a Dutch archaeologist , ancient orientalist and Egyptologist .

Henri Frankfort studied history , archeology and Arabic . In 1922 he took part in excavations in Egypt . He then took study trips to the Balkans and the Middle East in 1922 and 1924/25 . Between 1925 and 1929 he took part in excavations in Amarna , Abydos and Armant . Between 1929 and 1937 he headed the excavations of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Mesopotamia, first in Dur Scharrukin , from 1930 as head of the Iraq expedition with excavations in Tell Asmar , Ḫafāǧī , Iščāli and Tell Aqrab . Frankfort began teaching in 1938, which took him to Chicago and London until 1954. In addition, Henri Frankfort was director of the Warburg Institute at the University of London from 1949 to 1954 . Thanks to his extensive knowledge of Egyptology and Near Eastern Archeology , Frankfort was fundamentally involved in the development of comparisons between the two study contents.

In 1944 he was elected a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and in 1950 he became an external member. Since 1948 he was an elected member of the American Philosophical Society . In 1954, the year he died, he became a corresponding member of the British Academy .

Fonts (selection)

  • Kingship and the Gods. Chicago 1948.
  • together with Peter Dülberg: Frühicht des Geistes. Changes in the worldview in the ancient Orient. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1954.
  • Ancient Orient - Myth and Reality. 2nd edition, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart a. a. 1981, ISBN 3-17-007220-X .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ KNAW Past Members: H. Frankfort. Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, accessed August 11, 2018 .
  2. Member History: Henri Frankfort. American Philosophical Society, accessed August 11, 2018 .
  3. ^ Deceased Fellows. British Academy, accessed May 29, 2020 .