Who was Simon Dach

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Simon Dach (engraving after an oil painting by Philipp Westphal)

1605

29th of July: Simon Dach was born in Memel as the son of a court interpreter in his parents' house. Although the mother comes from respected Memel merchant circles, the family lives in modest circumstances.


1615

Dach first received his schooling in Memel.


1619

Dach made it possible for relatives to move to Königsberg and attend the cathedral school there.


1620–1623

As a family member of the young theologian Martin Wolter, a relative, he moved to Wittenberg, where he attended the city school for three years.

Plague epidemic in the city.


1623

From there he moves to Magdeburg for a three-year high school.


1624

Visit of the Magdeburg City School.


1625

Return to Koenigsberg.


1626

Dach enrolls in Königsberg as a theology student. He devotes himself to classical languages, rhetoric and poetry, but without completing his studies with an academic degree.

Employment as a tutor for a councilor.


1633

On his recommendation, Dach becomes a collaborator (fourth teacher) at the cathedral school.


1635

Thanks to Badger's friendship and collaboration with the composer Heinrich Albert, many of his casual carmina are set to music. The poet's two dramatic plays are also occasion poems (first printed in 1696).

The first Singspiel, "Cleomedes", is performed on the occasion of the stay of the Polish King Wladislaw IV.


1636–1639

Dach becomes vice principal at the same cathedral school.


1639

August 1st: Dach is appointed professor of poetry at the University of Königsberg. Member of the Königsberg poets' circle.


1640

Dach becomes a master's degree. As a faculty member at Königsberg University, Dach takes on the Dean's office five times. That is why he often celebrates festive occasions at the university in his many Latin poems.

Elector Friedrich Wilhelm takes over the government until 1688.


1642

29th of July: Two years after being promoted to professor, Dach married Regina Pohl, the daughter of a court attorney in Königsberg. Her marriage resulted in five children.


1644

Despite a vacant apartment, which the council grants him, and regardless of the at times considerable additional income from contract seals, Dach's economic circumstances remain modest.

The second Singspiel, »Sorbuisa«, is conceived and performed for the centenary of the Königsberg University.

Foundation of the Praiseworthy Shepherd and Flower Order on the Peignitz, the Peignitz shepherds.


1645

May 9th: Performance of his Singspiel »Prussarchia« in front of the courtyard.


1654

Dach becomes seriously ill.


1656

Dach takes on the honorable office of Rector.


1658

He receives a 10-hoof estate called Kuykeim in Samland as a gift from Elector Friedrich Wilhelm. After the 20-year-old, later Great Elector, took office, an almost friendly relationship developed between Dach and his sovereign.


1659

April 15th: Dach dies in Königsberg.