Goethe, Julius August Walter

BORN 25 Dec 1789, Weimar, Thüringen - DIED 28 Oct 1830, Roma, Lazio
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Acattolico, Via Caio Cestio 6 (Zona Prima, 14.53 (606))

Julius August Walter Goethe was the only son of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His mother was Goethe's lover Christiane Vulpius. He studied law in Heidelberg and Jena. In 1817 he married Ottilie, Freiin von Pogwisch. They had three children but it was a difficult marriage.

He served from 1810 onwards as a chamberlain in Weimar. He lived in the shadow of his father, drank too much and without much enthousiasm he kept diaries of his travels. In 1830 he travelled to Italy with J.P. Eckermann. After Eckermann fell ill and returned to Germany, Julius continued his travels. After a carriage accident in La Spezia he fell ill himself. He died in Rome where he was buried at the Protestant Cemetery. The medal on his grave was created by Thorvaldsen.

• Father: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• Mother: Vulpius, Christiane
• Daughter: Goethe, Alma
• Son: Goethe, Walther Wolfgang
• Son: Goethe, Maximilian Wolfgang
• Wife: Goethe, Ottilie von (1817-1830)

Related persons
• travelled with Eckermann, Johann Peter
• was pupil of Riemer, Friedrich Wilhelm


The grave of Julius Goethe at the Cimitero Acattolico, Rome.
Picture by Androom (23 Jan 2010)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Goethe, Maximilian Wolfgang

Published: 08 Sep 2013
Last update: 24 Feb 2022