TEZA, Emilio

TEZA, Emilio. Venice 14.9.1831 — Padua 28.3./30.4.1912. Italian Indologist. Pro­fes­sor in Pisa and Padua. Studies at Padua, then at Vienna Greek, Slavistics and Hungarian, also Sanskrit under Boller. Then worked as librarian in Marciana (Venice) and Laurenziana (Florence). In 1860-66 Professore di letterature modere comparate at Bologna (taught Sanskrit, too). In 1866-89 Professor of Sanskrit (di sanscrito e storiaco-comparata delle lingue classiche) at Pisa and in 1889-1912 at Padua.

ET was a many-sided linguist, who understood Sanskrit, Iranian, IE, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, many European languages (had good knowledge in Finnish), Malay, Manchu, etc. Published mainly small articles. Among his students was Pavolini.

Publications: great number of small articles, those over 25 pages listed here:

– “Laghu-Cāṇakyam. Sentenze Indiane”, Annali delle Univ. Toscare 16, Pisa 1879, 352-404; “L’arte degli scrittori presso ai buddiani”, Atti e Mem. Accad. Padova 9, 1893, 285-310; “Un centinaio di sentenze morali di Bhartṛhari”, Ibid. 13, 1897, 225-264; “I Raguidi di Calidaso Tentata versione in strofe di varia misura del primo canto”, Atti del R. Ist. Veneto 64:2, 1904-05, 1299-1320.

Mazzolino di fiori indiani, colto da E.T. 1910 (tr. from Ind. Spr.).

– “Il canto XVI del Calevala. Mancato tre parole”, R. Istit. Veneto 1894; “Mangiurica. Note raccolte”, AUT 1:16, Pisa 1879, 135-220; “La natura dell’ uomo di Nemesio e le vecchie traduzioni”, Atti Istit. Veneto 7:4, 1892, 1239-1279.

translated German, English and Russian poetry into Italian, e.g. Goethe’s Faust.

Sources: *Crescini, Atti del R. Ist. Veneto 73:1, 1913-14 (bibliography); E.N. Setälä, FUFAnz 12, 1912, 146f.; works in Gli studi orientali in Italia 1861–1911; German and Italian Wikipedia with photo; another photo in the Finnish journal Valvoja 25, 1905, 777.

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