PASPATIS, Alexandros

PASPATIS, Alexandros Georgios (Aλέξανδρōς Γ. Πασπάτης). Chios 1812 — Athens 24.12.1891. Greek Scholar interested in Gipsies. Lost his father, Georgios P., at Chios massacre, was brought to the U.S.A. by a businessman when 8. Educated at “Collège dAmhust” (i.e. Amherst), then studies of medicine at Padova, Paris and London. M.D. In 1840-82 practising physician at Christian Orthodox hospital in Constantinople, where he also started his studies on Turkish gipsies and learned several languages like Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Syriac, and Turkish. In the dictionary of his native Chios he published a great number of folksongs, proverbs, etc. Later moved to Athens. Married 1852 Argyro Vourou, no children.

Publications:  “Μελέτη περί των Ατσίγγανων και της γλώσσης αυτών”, Πανδορα  1857.

– “Memoir on the Language of the Gypsies as now used in the Turkish Empire”, JAOS 7, 1862, 143-270.

Études sur les Tchinghianés, ou Bohémiens de l’empire ottoman. 672 p. Constantinople 1870.

Works on Byzantine history; Τὸ Χιακὸν γλωσσάριον: Ήτοι η εν Χίω λαλούμενη γλώσσα μετά τινών επιγραφών αρχαίων τε και νέων και του χάρτου της νήσου. Ατηενσ 1888.

Sources: Pavolini, Actes du XVIe Congrès int. des Or., Session d’Athènes 1912, 96f. (with a photo); http://www.pahh.com/zervanos/p11b.html; geni.com; agelastos.com with two photos.

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