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Johann Georg Faust

Astrologer from Germany

Dr. Johann Georg Faust ( /ˈfaʊst/; c. 1480 – c. 1540), also known in English as John Faustus (/ˈfɔːstəs/), was an itinerant alchemist, astrologer, and magician of the German Renaissance. His life became the nucleus of the popular tale of Doctor Faust from circa the 1580s, notably culminating in Christopher Marlowe's play The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1604) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's closet drama Faust (1808). Because of his early treatment as a figure in legend and literature, it is very difficult to establish historical facts about his life with any certainty. In the 17th century, it was even doubted that there ever had been a historical Faust, and the legendary character was identified with a printer of Mainz called Johann Fust. Johann Georg Neumann in 1683 addressed the question in his Disquisitio historica de Fausto praestigiatore, establishing Faust's historical existence based on contemporary references. Possible places of origin of the historical Johann Faust are Knittlingen (Manlius 1562), Helmstadt near Heidelberg, or Roda. Knittlingen today has an archive and a museum dedicated to Faust. According to the researches of Frank Baron and  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1480
Place of birth
Knittlingen
Nationality
Germany
Profession
Astrologer

Education

Institution From To
Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg

Death

Date of death
1540

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