Rodrigo Amador de los Ríos y Fernández de Villalta was born on the 3rd of March 1849 in Madrid and died on the 13th of May 1917 at the age of 68. He is considered one of the pioneers of the spanish archaeology. He defended the historic monuments of our nation.
His father was Don José Amador de los Ríos. He was a writer, a man of letters, a historian and an archaeologist.
Rodrigo always lived in an artistic and cultural environment.
His family was from Córdoba and it was full of historians and men of letters.
His uncle, Don Demetrio de los Ríos y Serrano, was an architect, an archaeologist and a writer. Along with Rodrigo’s father, they were the main influence on him.
He studied secondaruy school in Granada, he developed enthusiasm for the islamic medieval archaeology and the arabic epigraphy. He studied a degree in law at the university of Granada.
When he finished, he went to Madrid where he worked as an assistant for filing cleros, librarians and antique dealers in archaeological national museum and he was a teacher during the second half of the sixties historic criticism of spanish literature at the central university of Madrid too.
In 1916, at the age of 67, he retired. He had been in jurisprudence and legislatory academy. By thet he had been working at the museum for 41 years.
At the 4th of March 1916, when he was retired, he became the director of the reproductions museum, but one year later he died.
He was one of the first persons who said that there were different types of writing. Not only cúfica and italics but also mudéjar. It was created by his father a few years ago.
All his studies were devoted to culture and patrimony.
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