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Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn at age 28.

Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn (August 28, 1612 – October 3, 1653) was a "Dutch scholar (his "Latinized name was Marcus Zuerius Boxhornius). Born in "Bergen op Zoom, he was professor at the "University of Leiden. He discovered the similarity among "Indo-European languages, and supposed the existence of a primitive common language which he called "'Scythian'. He included in his hypothesis "Dutch, "Greek, "Latin, "Persian, and "German, later adding "Slavic, "Celtic and "Baltic languages. He excluded languages such as Hebrew from his hypothesis. He died in "Leiden.


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