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Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Ebers, Georg Moritz

EBERS, GEORG MORITZ (ā'bers), a German Egyptologist and novelist; born in Berlin, March 1, 1837; was educated at Froebel's school, and studied law at Göttingen. He afterward devoted himself to the study of Egyptology at Berlin. He established himself in 1865 as a lecturer at Jena, where in 1868 he was made professor. Next year he made a long journey to the East, and in 1870 was called to Leipzig as Professor of Egyptology. His visit to Egypt resulted in the discovery of the celebrated hieratic medical “Papyrus Ebers” which he published in 1875. His series of historical romances comprise in sequence: “An Egyptian Princess” (1864); “Uarda” (1877); “Homo Sum” (1878); “The Sisters” (1879); “The Emperor” (1880); “Serapis” (1885); “The Bride of the Nile” (1886); “Joshua” (1889); “Per Aspera” (1892); “Cleopatra” (1894); and “Eli fên,” in verse (1888). He wrote several other historical novels; including “The Burgomaster's Wife” (1881). He died near Munich, Bavaria, Aug. 8, 1898.