An indispensable work of scholarship in two classical languages, Freytag’s 1830-1837 edition of an Arabic-Latin dictionary has stood the test of time. Still recognized as a work of erudition, this definitive, four-volume lexicon contains the insights of the author’s experience as librarian, professor, and scholar of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. Combining the freshness of interest in Arabic from his period with the academic rigor of the universities of Göttingen, Königsberg, Paris, and Bonn, Freytag created a legacy that has never lost its place among the historic attempts to bring Arabic learning to the western world.
Georg Wilhelm Freytag (1788-1861) was a famed philologist of the classic European tradition. Educated at the University of Paris, he was Professor of Oriental Languages at the University of Bonn.