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Title: Achievement and Misfortune
Subtitle: On the Life and Death of Friedrich Eduard Schulz (1799-1829)
Author(s): POTTS, Daniel T.
Journal: Journal Asiatique
Volume: 305 Issue: 2 Date: 2017
Friedrich Eduard Schulz, who was intimately associated with the Société Asiatique in its early years, is known principally for two things, one an achievement, the other a misfortune. The achievement that has given Schulz a place in the history of ancient Near Eastern scholarship was his work at Van and its environs where he copied 42 inscriptions which, when posthumously published, effectively inaugurated the field of Urartian studies. The misfortune was his infamous ambush and assassination in the Hakkari region of what is today southeastern Turkey. The aim of the present study is to delve into several lesser-known aspects of Schulz’s career, and to make a small contribution towards a better understanding of this little-known but important figure in early 19th century Western intellectual history.