Lawyer, poet and composer. He was born in Leipzig as son of the city council Caspar Ziegler and his wife Anna (née Walter, widow of Johann Kürsten). He studied at the university of Leipzig and went in January 1641 to the university of Wittenberg. He visited the philosophy lessons of August Buchner, Johannes Scharf and Johannes Sperling. When he returned to Wittenberg in 1643 his parents first pressured him to study theology. When it became clear that he was not suited for it, his father allowed that he studied the laws which he began in 1652. His professors where, Polycarp Wirth, a grandson of Polycarp Leyser and Andreas Eckholt. He finished his studies in 1655 and took his doctor's degree at the University of Jena. In the same year he returned to Wittenberg to teach. He soon made career and rose to higher positions with each passing year. In 1661 he was made rector of the university which he stayed for six months and reorganized the university library which had been ravaged during the Thirty Years War. In 1662 he became council at the court of appeals. Today he is mostly known for his treatise "Von den Madrigalen" written by request of his brother in law, Heinrich Schütz, with which he influenced the development of the new cantata. He was married thrice, first with Catharina Bose, widow of Wilhelm Leyser I, which stayed childless. His second marriage was with Maria Elisabeth Klaubarth, widow of the mayor of Naumburg Andreas Frauendorff, who bore him his only child Johanna Regina. His third wife was Johanna Barbara Börner was the daughter of a lawyer from Dresden.
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Catharina Bose Ziegler