Goethe, Maximilian Wolfgang

BORN 18 Sep 1823, Weimar, Thüringen - DIED 20 Jan 1883, Leipzig, Sachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof, Poseckscher Garten

Grandson of Johann Wolfgang Goethe. His father is Goethe's son August. In 1830 his father August left for Rome and he died in that city later that year. Wolfgang studied law in Bonn, Berlin, Jena and Heidelberg. He was promoted in Heidelberg in 1845.

Although in bad health, he worked as a civil servant in Rome and then for for a long time in Dresden, before he became a chamberlain in Weimar. He never married.

Maximilian Goethe wrote "Der Mensch Und Die Elementarische Nation" and the poem "Erlinde".

• Mother: Goethe, Ottilie von
• Father: Goethe, Julius August Walter
• Sister: Goethe, Alma
• Brother: Goethe, Walther Wolfgang


The Goethe family tomb at the Friedhof vor dem Frauenturm, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2005)


• Gorys, Erhard, Thüringen, Artemis Reis- en Cultuurgids, Kok Lyra, Kampen, 1996
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Goethe, Ottilie von

Published: 18 Nov 2017
Last update: 29 Oct 2023