See also:born at Halgehausen in Hesse-Cassel, on the 6th of
See also:January 1488 . His
See also:family name is said to have been Koch; Eoban was the name of a
See also:Hessus indicates the
See also:land of his
See also:birth, Helius the fact that he was born on
See also:Sunday . In 1504 he entered the university of
See also:Erfurt, and soon after his
See also:graduation was appointed rector of the school of St Severus . This
See also:post he soon lost, and spent the years 1509-1513 at the
See also:court of the
See also:bishop of Riesenburg . Returning to Erfurt, he was reduced to
See also:great straits owing to his drunken and irregular habits . At length (in 1517) he was appointed
See also:professor of Latin in the university . He was prominently associated with the distinguished men of the
See also:time (Johann
See also:Conrad Peutinger,
See also:Ulrich von Hutten, Conrad Mutianus), and took
See also:part in the
See also:political, religious and
See also:literary quarrels of the
See also:period, finally declaring in favour of
See also:Luther and the Reformation, although his subsequent conduct showed that he was actuated by selfish motives . The university was seriously weakened by the growing popularity of the new university of
See also:Wittenberg, and Hessus endeavoured (but without success) to gain a living by the practice of
See also:medicine . Through the influence of
See also:Camerarius and
See also:Melanchthon, he obtained a post at
See also:Nuremberg (1526), but, finding a
See also:life distasteful, he again went back to Erfurt (1533)• But it was not the Erfurt he had known; his old friends were dead or had
See also:left the place; the university was deserted . A lengthy poem gained him the favour of the landgrave of Hesse, by whom he was summoned in 1536 as professor of
See also:poetry and
See also:history to Marburg, where he died on the sth of
See also:October 1540 . Hessus, who was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age, was a facile
See also:verse-maker, but not a true poet . He wrote what be thought was likely to pay or secure him the favour of some important
See also:person .
He wrote local,
See also:historical and military poems, idylls, epigrams and occasional pieces, collected under the title of Sylvae . His most popular
See also:works were
See also:translations of the Psalms into Latin distichs (which reached
See also:editions) and of the Iliad into hexameters . His mcst
See also:original poem was the Heroides in imitation of Ovid, consisting of letters from
See also:women, from the Virgin Mary down to Kunigunde, wife of the emperor
See also:Henry H . His Epistolae were edited by his friend Camerarius, who also wrote his life (1553) . There are later accounts of him by M . Hertz (1860), G . Schwertzell (1874) and C . Krause (1879); see also D . F . Strauss, Ulrich von Hutten (Eng. trans., 1874) . His poems on Nuremberg and other towns have been edited with commentaries and 16th-century illustrations by J .
See also:Neff and V. von Loga in M .
Herrmann and S . Szamatolski's Lateinische Literaturdenkmdler
See also:des X V. u . X VI . Jakrhunderts (Berlin, 1896) .
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