Perizonius (the Latinized form of Voolrbrook), JAMES, a learned Dutch scholar, was born at Dam, in Holland, in 1651. He studied at Deventer, and afterwards at Utrecht, under the learned Graevius, and was successively made master of the Latin school at Delft, and professor of eloquence and history at Franeker. In 1693 he was appointed professor of eloquence, history, and Greek at Leyden, where he died in 1715. He was a man of extensive erudition, great application, and sound judgment. He edited several of the classics, and greatly enriched the classical lore of his age. He also published Origines Babylonicae et Egypticae (Leyden, 1711, 2 vols. 8vo), a work in which he treats of the Egyptian chronology and antiquities. Of course ore recent researches have wholly superseded his writings in this line, but his industry should not be ignored. Other works of his worthy of notice here are the treatise De mnoate Judae et verbo ἀπάγχεσθαι, etc. (1702): — De origine, significatione, et usu vocum Prcetoris et Prcetorii, veroque sensu loci ad Philippians 1:13 (1687). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.