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DRAKENBORCH, Arnoldus

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  • Date of Birth: January 1, 1684
  • Born City: Utrecht
  • Born State/Country: The Netherlands
  • Parents: Evert (Everard), Doctor of Laws and Secretary of the Cathedral Chapter, & Susanna de Bane D.
  • Date of Death: January 16, 1748
  • Death City: Utrecht
  • Death State/Country: The Netherlands
  • Married: Katharina van de Wall
  • Education:

    Study at Lingen; Utrecht School of Law; doctoralen, Leiden, 1707.

  • Dissertation:

    “Officio Praefecturum Praetorio” (Leiden, 1707).

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. eloquence and history, Utrecht, 1716-48. 

  • Publications:

    “De utilitate et fructu, qui ex humanioribus disciplinis in omne genus hominum et doctrinarum redundant” (inaugural address) (Leiden, 1716); “Unde fiat ut studia humaniora tantopere hodie negligantur?” (Utrecht, 1722); “Oratio panegyrica in natalem saecularum Academiae Trajectinae” (Utrecht, 1736); “Oratio panegyrica in natalem saecularem academiae Trajectinae” (Utrecht, 1736); De praefectis urbis (Utrecht, 1704; rev. ed., 1752), C. Silius Italicus cum notis variorum (Utrecht, 1719); Lijkreden over P. Burman den Zoon (eulogy) (Utrecht, 1719); Breves positiones quibus historia Foederati Belgii illustrantur (Utrecht, 1737); Titi Livii Historiarum libri cum notis integris doctorum virorum 7 vols. (Amsterdam, 1738-46); Aanhangsel op de Kerkelijke Oudheden van Nederland(Utrecht, 1744); Redevoering gedaan voor den Doorlugtigste Vorst en Heere W.C.H. Friso, Prins van Oranje en Nassauw enz. toen Zijne Hoogheid tot Stadhouder, Capitein en Admiraal Generaal van de Provintie van Utrecht enz. ingehuldigd wierd, op den 27sten July 1747 (Utrecht, 1747).

  • Notes:

    After obtaining a law degree from Leiden, but did not enjoy arguing cases in court and found more pleasure in translating Silius Italicus. In 1714 he traveled to Paris with his friend Pieter Burman the Elder (1668-1741), another Utrecht law graduate who would be named Professor of Greek at Leiden the next year. Burman and Drakenborch consulted with the monk Bernard de Montfaucon (1655-1741), the founder of palaeography, and purchased a large number of manuscripts and editions.  He succeeded Burman at Utrecht and wrote the funeral oration when he died in 1719. His editions of Silius Italicus and Livy were considered authoritative at the time. For his Livy he incorporated the notes of his predecessor Karl Andreas Duker (1670-1752). De praefectis Urbisdraws from his dissertation and was reprinted twice. He wrote on Dutch history and at his death left an unfinished manuscript on the history of Utrecht, Origines Trajectinae  

  • Sources:

    J.O. Schacht (1748); BWN 4 (1858) 318-19; Sandys 2:447; NNBW 8 (1930) 429-30.

  • Author: Ward Briggs