Aleksander Borejko Chodzko/Chodsko coat of arms Kozciesza (1804-1891) was a Polish poet, Slavist and Iranologist. He was a Native of Krzywicze in the Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth. Chodsko was an Alumnus of the University of Vilnius, and a friend of poet Adam Mickiewicz. He was an Alumnus of the Institute of Oriental Studies that was attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Russian Empire in Saint-Petersburg. From 1830 until 1844, he worked as a Russian diplomat in Iran. From 1852 until 1855, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of France. From 1857 until 1883 he succeeded Adam Mickiewicz in the chair of Slavic languages and literature in the Collège de France. Chosdsko was a Member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the Société de Linguistique de Paris. He spoke many languages such as: French, English, Russian, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Polish and German. His works include: Popular Poetry of Persia, Specimens of the Popular Poetry of Persia, Theatre Persan, Polish-English and English-Polish Dictionary and Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen.