1815 - Johann Jakob Bachofen was born in Basel, Switzerland.
1838 - Studied law and ancient sciences in Berlin and Göttingen. He finished his studies with a voluminous doctoral thesis.
1840 - Became professor for Roman law, judge of his home town and got a political position.
1861 - Wrote the book Mother Right: An Investigation of the Religious and Juridical Character of Matriarchy in the Ancient World.
1865 - Married the beautiful and elegant Louise Elisabeth Burckhardt who was 30 years younger than him.
1866 - His one and only son was born.
1887 - Bachofen died 25th of November he led the silent life of a scholar.
Bachofen described his way of life in following word: In the deciding moments of life we rarely act in free self-determination. What seems to be our work basically is higher guidance. We think to choose our profession and actually we are chosen by it.
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