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Müller, Max (1823–1900)

Max Müller was a German-born Vedic scholar and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, who painstakingly edited the first critical edition of the Rig-Veda Samhitâ (6 volumes) and oversaw publication of the monumental series The Sacred Books of the East (50 volumes, to which he contributed translations of the Dhammapada and the Upanishads). Son of the German Romantic poet Wilhelm Müller (1794–1827), Max Müller was born in Anhalt-Dessau and educated at the University of Leipzig, completing his PhD in 1843. Müller continued his studies at Berlin under Franz Bopp and Friedrich Schelling, the former known for his work identifying the linguistic links among the so-called Indo-European (or Aryan) family of languages, the latter inspiring Müller's interest in comparing the historical developments in language with those ...

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