Georg Zoega, a Danish antiquary, born in Jutland, Dec. 20,1755, died in Rome, Feb. 10, 1809. He was the son of a Lutheran clergyman, was educated at Göttingen, started in 1782 on a numismatic tour in Germany and Italy at the expense of the Danish government, and settled in Rome, where he joined the Catholic church in 1783. He was appointed interpreter of modern languages to the propaganda college, and published Nummi Aegyptii Imperatorii prostantes in Museo Borgiano Velitris (4to, Rome, 1787). Pope Pius VI. commissioned him to explain the obelisks, and in 1800 appeared his great work, De Origine et Usu Obeliscorum, bearing the date of 1797. In 1798 he was made consul general for Denmark in the Papal States; and in 1802 he was appointed professor in the university of Kiel, but never performed the duties of this office, though he received the salary. After this he published a catalogue of the Coptic manuscripts in the library of Cardinal Borgia, and also an account of the antique bass reliefs still remaining in Rome, under the title of I oassi-rilievi antichi di Roma, incisi da Tommaso Piroli (2 vols., Rome, 1808). This was translated into German by Welcker (Giessen, 1811-12), who in 1817 published at Göttingen a number of posthumous treatises of Zoëga, and in 1819 his life and letters.