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Theodor Mommsen stamp

Props to Julia Warbanow for choosing contemporary fonts for postage stamps! This is Bold Monday’s Nitti Grotesk (2013), used for a stamp issued on 2 November 2017 to commemorate the 200th birthday of Theodor Mommsen.

Mommsen (1817–1903) is considered the most important German scholar of antiquity in the 19th century. His three-volume Römische Geschichte (A History of Rome, 1854–56), one of the most widely read historical works of all, set standards. Countless studies of ancient history and life followed. In addition, Mommsen also excelled as a science organizer; for example with the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum project, a collection of all ancient Latin inscriptions. […] A year before his death, Mommsen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as “the greatest living master of the art of historical writing.” — Deutsche Post