- Also known as
Peter Oluf Brøndsted
primary name: Brøndsted, Peter Oluf
other name: Bröndsted, Peter Olaf
other name: Bröndsted, Peter Ole
other name: Bröndsted, Peter Oluf
other name: Brøndsted, Peter Olaf
other name: Brøndsted, Peter Ole
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- Peter Oluf Brøndsted, born 1780 in Fruering, Denmark, died 1842, was a Danish philologist and archaeologist; the first Danish classical archaeologist involved in archaeological work in Greece; he visited England and studied the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum in 1826.
Through him the British Museum purchased the Durand Collection in 1836. He also sold coins to the Museum in 1840.
He published 'A brief description of thirty-two ancient Greek vases' (London: Valpy) in 1832 (reviewed in The Athenaeum, no. 242, 16 June 1832, 383-4), a study of some of the vases found at Canino vases which were exhibited by Campanari in the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly. He also published a paper on Panathenaic vases with reference to examples in the British Museum (TRSL volume ii, 1831, 102-35). His most important however was 'Travels and researches in Greece' (1826-30), based on his extensive travels, the second part of which contains a major study of the Parthenon.
- See Bodil Bundgaard Rasmussen, Jørgen Steen Jensen, John Lund and Michael Märcher (eds), Peter Oluf Brøndsted (1780–1842). A Danish Classicist in his European Context. Acts of the Conference at The Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen 5–6 October 2006. Historisk-filosofiske Skrifter 31. Copenhagen, Royal Academy of Sciences, 2008
Obituary in The Gentleman's Magazine 18 (new series), August 1842, 211-213.