(1516–71), German poet and classical scholar, born in Chemnitz (in Saxony) on 23 April 1516 and educated in Leipzig. In the course of a protracted visit to Rome he made a detailed study of Roman antiquities which he published in Roma (1550), in which he attempts to link the artefacts recovered from ancient Rome with references to such objects in classical Latin literature. In 1546 he was appointed rector of the college of Meissen, where he died on 17 July 1571. He published editions of Terence (1548), Virgil (1551), and Horace (1555) and several collections of Latin poems in which he fastidiously avoided allusions to pagan gods. His posthumous works include a history of Saxony published in 1609.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).