Froelich, Erasmus

, a learned medallist, was born at Gratz in Stiria in 1700, and entered the society of the Jesuits in 1716. His reputation afterwards procured him. the professorship of belles lettres and mathematics at Vienna, where he employed his leisure hours in the pursuit of medallic history. He died in 1758. His works are, 1. “Utilitas rei nummariae, et Appendiculse ad numos coloniarum per Cl. Vaillantium editse,Vienna, 1733, 8vo. 2. “Quatuor Tentamina in re numaria vetere,” ibid. 1737, 4to. 3. “Animadversiones in quosdam numos veteres urbium,” ibid. 1738, 8vo, reprinted at Florence in 1751. 4. “Appendiculae duae novae ad numismata antiqua a Cl. Vaillantio edita,” ibid. 1744, 8vo, reprinted at the end of “Opusculum posthumum de familia Vaballathi,” where there is also an eulogium on Froelich. 5. “Annales compend. regum et rerum Syriae,” ibid. 1744, folio. 6. “Regum veterum numismata,” ibid. 1753. 7. “Dubia de Minnisari, aliorumque Armenias regum numis et Arsacidarum epocha nuper vulgatis proposita,” ibid. 1754. 8. | Diplomatorium Garstensium emendatum, auctum, et illustratum,” ibid. 1754, 4to. 9. “Casulse S. Stephani, regis Hungariae, vera imago et expositio,” ibid. 1754, 4to. 10. “Ad numismata regum veterum anecdota aut rariora accessio nova,” ibid. 1755, 4to. 11. “Notitia elementaria antiquorum illorum, quse urbium liberarum, regum et principum, ac personarum illustrium, appellantur,” ibid. 1758, 4to, a work which Mr. Pinkerton pronounces “most excellent and useful,” although not altogether without faults. He particularly mentions that the list of Greek cities of which we have coins is defective in about a third of the number; and he censures, in strong terms, the plan of splitting the series of kings of every realm into different epochs. After Froelich’s death was published, as already mentioned, the “Opusculum posthumum de familia Vaballathi numis illustrata,” with an appendix to the “Numismata antiqua,” edited by Joseph Khell, 1762, 4to. Saxius gives us the title of another work by Froelich printed the year of his death in 4to, “Specimen Archontologiae Carinthiae.1

1 Dict. Hist.Saxii Onomast. Pinkerton’s Essay on MedaU, Preface, p. xv.