Friedrich von Bodenstedt

Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedtstraße ( born April 22, 1819 in Peine, † April 18, 1892 in Wiesbaden ) was a German writer.


After a commercial apprenticeship Bodenstedtstraße studied philosophy and philology at the University of Göttingen. He went to Moscow in 1840 as a teacher and in 1843 to Tbilisi, where he was introduced by the Azerbaijani poet Mirzə Şəfi Vazeh ( 1794-1852 ) in the languages ​​of the Caucasus region. In 1846 he returned to Germany. From 1854 he was in Munich professor of Slavic and Old English. In 1867 he became the manager of the court theater at Meiningen, from 1878 he lived in Wiesbaden.

His final resting place he found on the North Cemetery in Wiesbaden.

His songs of Mirza Schaffy ( 1851) were a great success, they experienced after the first publication ( with translations) almost 300 runs. Ludwig Ammann comes in a statistical analysis to the conclusion that The Songs of Mirza Schaffy was the most successful and most popular orientalist publication of the 19th century at all. At first they appeared as " Hegire " from the turmoil of 1848 in the book A thousand and one day in the Orient (1850 ), in which Bodenstedtstraße his travel experiences in the Caucasus and Armenia portrays. In the song collection from the estate of Mirza Schaffys (1874, 17th edition 1891) Bodenstedtstraße explains the origin of his poems.


Collected Writings (Berlin 1862):

  • Band 1-3. A thousand and one day in the Orient.
  • Band 4-7. Russian poets translated: Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltzov etc.
  • Volume 8 William Shakespeare's sonnets
  • Band 9-11. Old and new poems.
  • Volume 12 From East and West

All volumes are online at

  • German album art and poetry. With woodcuts after original drawings of the artist, executed by R. Brend'amour. Edited by Friedrich Bodenstedtstraße. - Berlin:. Grote, 1867 Digitized edition of the University and State Library Dusseldorf
  • From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Reprint of the original from 1882. Saltwater -Verlag, Paderborn 2012, ISBN 978-3-86444-442-5.


For the Kurpark in Wiesbaden, the sculptor Hugo Berwald created a larger than life bust, which was unveiled on a pedestal in front of the upward range from below two children shapes the poet Rose on April 23, 1904.

In 1933 in Vienna Floridsdorf ( 21st district ) was named the Bodenstedtstraße alley after him; Hannover in 1909, the Bodenstedtstraße in the southern city.