Remembering a Portuguese Orientalist:

Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha Rivara was born at Arraiolos, in Portugal, in 1809. Although trained in Medicine in Coimbra, Heliodor started his career as a high school teacher of philosophy, and continued as librarian of the public library of Évora. He was elected MP to the Portuguese parliament in 1853, and ended as Secretary to the Government of Portuguese India and Commissioner of Studies at the fag-end of his career before returning to Portugal in 1877. There he died two years later, in 1879, little recognized and unsung in his home country. He worked for Konkani. He influenced the education in Goa. He delievered a lecture at the inauguration of the Primary Training School in Nova Goa (Panjim) on ocotber 1, 1856 and published in the Boletim do Governo, no.78. Two years later, in 1878, he produced his commendable Historical Essay on the Konkani Language (Ensaio Histórico da Língua Concani). We shall continue to write about this Orientalist.


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