Duker, Charles Andrew

, an eminent classical editor, was born in 1670, at Unna, in Westphalia, and after receiving the elements of education at home, was sent to a school at Ham, and afterwards, about 1690, to the university of Franeker, where he studied under Perizonius, to whom he used to attribute the proficiency he was afterwards enabled to make, and the fame he acquired by his critical knowledge of Greek and Latin. In 1701- he came to the Hague, and was afterwards appointed professor of ancient history at Utrecht, where he acquired vast reputation for his general erudition, and particularly his philological knowledge. He died at Meyderick, near Duisbourg, in Nov. 1752. His first work was entitled “Sylloge opusculornm variorum de Latinitate Jurisconsultorum veterum,Leyden, 1711, 8vo, containing some curious and rare pieces. In the same year he delivered at Utrecht his “Oratio de difficultatibus quibusdam interpretationis Grammatics veterum Scriptorum Graecorum et Latinorurn,” which was published there in 1716, 4to. This was followed, l.by his “.Tlorus,” Leaden, 1722, 2 vols. 8vo, of which all bibliographers have spoken with great praise. 2. “Thucydides,” Amst. 1731, 2 vols. fol. which he undertook at the express wish of the publishers, the Wetsteins and Smith. This has long been considered as the best edition, as it is the most valuable in price. He | contributed also notes and remarks to Drakenborch’s Livy, Petit’s “Leges Attica;,” Ouclendorp’s Suetonius, &c. 1


Saxii Onomast. vol. VI. where Saxius gives a “Laudatio,” which is a piece of declamation in praise of Duker, without much personal history.