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Pavel Josef Šafárik (1795–1861)

Šchafárik or Šafárik, Pavel Josef (shä’fä-rik). A Czech philologist, historian, and philosopher; born at Kobelarova, in the county of Gömör in Hungary, May 13, 1795; died at Prague, June 26, 1861. He began at an early age to collect Slavic folk-songs (published 1823–27). He translated into his native tongue the ‘Clouds’ of Aristophanes, and Schiller’s ‘Mary Stuart’ (1815). His principal work is ‘Slavic Antiquities’ (1837). His ‘Principles of Old-Czechish Grammar’ (1845) marked an epoch in the history of the Czech language. He wrote also: ‘History of the Slavic Language and Literature’ (1826); ‘The Most Ancient Monuments of the Bohemian Language’ (1840).