Porthan, Henrik Gabriel (1739-1804),
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- The great scholar Henrik Gabriel Porthan (1739-1804), a
student of Juslenius and a Fennophile,
brought Finnish history-writing, study of mythology and folk poetry,
and other humanistic sciences to an international level. His De
Poësi Fennica (published in five parts 1776-78), a study on
Finnish folk poetry, had great importance in awakening public interest
in the Kalevala-poetry and Finnish mythology, and the study was also
the basis of all later study of the poetry. He was among the founders
of the Aurora Society that advocated Finnish literary pursuits and was
the editor of the first Finnish newspaper, Tidningar utgifne af et
sällskap i Åbo, founded in 1771.
Porthan was the teacher of Frans Mikael
Franzén and also inspired the following generation of Finnish
authors, poets and researchers, many of whom were among the founders
of the Finnish Literature Society in 1831.
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