Fedor Korsh

Korsh, Fedor Evgen’evich


Born Apr. 22 (May 4), 1843, in Moscow; died there Feb. 16 (Mar. 1), 1915. Russian philologist; academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Science (1900).

Korsh graduated from Moscow University in 1864. He became a professor of classical philology at the universities of Moscow and Novorossiisk. He taught Persian philology at the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages (from 1892). As a linguist, Korsh was concerned with the typological comparison of languages, using the comparative-historical method. Korsh’s historical and literary works were devoted to the critical textual analysis of classical authors (Hesiod, Sophocles, Euripides, Ho-race, Ovid, Plautus, etc.) and East Slavic literatures (The Tale of Igor’s Campaign, A. S. Pushkin, N. V. Gogol, T. G. Shevchenko, etc.). Korsh also engaged in the study of classical, ancient Indian, Slavic, and Turkic rhythmics and versification.


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