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Opitz, Martin

Born: 1597 AD
Died: 1639 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Poets

1597 – Born in Bunzlau in Lower Silesia on the 23rd of December.

1617 – He received his early education at the gymnasium of his native town, of which his uncle was rector, and attended the high school "Schonaichianum" at Beuthen where he made a special study of French, Dutch and Italian poetry.
1618 – He entered the University of Frankfurt-on-Oder as a student of literae humaniores, and in the same year published his first essay, Aristarchus, sive De contemptu linguae Teutonicae, a plea for the purification of the German language from foreign adulteration.

1619 – Opitz went to Heidelberg, where he became the leader of the school of young poets which at that time made that university town remarkable.

1624 – Opitz was appointed councilor to Duke George Rudolf of Liegnitz and Brieg in Silesia

1629 – He was elected a member of the Fruitbearing Society.

1630 – He went to Paris, where he made the acquaintance of Hugo Grotius.

1639 – Died of the plague on the 20th of August.