Born: Dec 23, 1597 AD
Died: 1639 AD, at 41 years of age.
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.
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