Andreas Gryphius


Birthday October 11, 1616

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Germany

DEATH DATE Jul 16, 1664 (47)

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German playwright and poet who mostly wrote tragedies, such as Catharina von Georgien and Leo Arminius.

Before Fame

He studied poetry at Danzig in 1634.


One of his professors in college, Peter Crüger, introduced him to the newly emerging style of poetry.

Family Life

His father was a clergyman and he was left an orphan from an early age.

Associated With

Fellow playwright William Shakespeare inspired some of his work with the character of Pyramus.