Kuhnius, Joachim

, a learned German, and accurate classical editor, was born in 1647 at Gripswalde, a town of Pomerania, where his father was a merchant. Great care was taken of his education; and, after he had finished his juvenile studies in his own country, he was sent to Stade in Lower Saxony. In 1668, he went to the university of Jena, where he applied himself to divinity and the belles lettres. Travelling making one part of the education of a German, he visited the most celebrated towns of Franconia. His high reputation engaged Boccius, a minister of Oetingen in Swabia, to employ him as a preceptor to his children; which office he discharged with so much credit, that he was in 1669 made principal of the college in this town. He held this post three years, and then went to Strasburg; where, in 1676, he was elected Greek professor in the principal college. Ten years he acquitted himself honourably in this professorship, and then was appointed Greek and Hebrew professor in the university of the same town. His uncommon skill in the Greek language drew a vast nnmber of scholars about him, and from places and countries very distant. He died Dec. 11, 1697, aged 50.

He published himself, 1. “Animadversiones in Pollucem,1680, 12mo. This was a specimen bf an intended edition of Pollux’s “Onomasticon,” which he was prevented by death from executing. His labours, however, were not lost, but inserted in the folio edition of that | author at Amsterdam, 1706. 2. ^Æliani variae histories libri jdv.“Argent. 1685, 8vo. His notes on this author are very exact and learned, and not only critical, but explanatory. 3.Diogenes Laertius de vitis philosophorum, &c. n Amst. 1692, in 2 vols. 4to, Meibomius’s fine edition, in which the short notes of Kuhnius, and other learned men, are inserted. After his death were published, 4. “Quaestiones philosophies ex sacris Veteris et Novi Testament! aliisque scriptoribus,” Argent. 1698, 4to. 5. “Pausanice Groecise descriptio,” &c. Lipsiae, 1716, folio. Kuhnius took great pains with this author, whose text was much corrupted; and his edition is justly reckoned the best. 1


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