Carl Schmidt

Scientist, Deceased Person

1868 – 1938

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Who was Carl Schmidt?

Carl Schmidt was a German coptologist. He made editions of various coptic texts, and was active in Egypt in purchasing papyri for German universities. He also assisted Sir Chester Beatty in his papyri purchases.

In 1887 Carl Schmidt studied classical philology, hebrew and comparative linguistics in Leipzig. After just one year he changed to Berlin. Adolf Harnack brought him to patristics and history of old christian literature. The egyptologists Adolf Erman and Georg Steindorff had also an impact. Steindorff taught him coptic language. His doctorate was about codex Brucianus. Harnack recognised the special abilities of Schmidt and supported his pupil as much as he could, however Schmidts career was uncertain for a long time. 1899 he attained the habilitation in history of christianity with "Plotins Stellung zum Gnostizismus und kirchlichen Christentum".

With support of Harnack he became 1900 "wissenschaftlicher Beamter der Kirchenväterkommission", an official, which secured his income. Harnack himself was part of the Kirchenväterkommission. The Kirchenväterkommission entrusted Schmidt with the publishing of codex Brucianus and Pistis Sophia.

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Born
Aug 26, 1868
Hagenow
Also known as
  • Шмидт, Карл
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Died
Apr 17, 1938
Cairo

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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