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Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
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(Jan 22, 1729, Kamenz, Upper Lusatia – Feb 15, 1781, Braunschweig [Brunswick]). Lessing was the third of twelve children born to Johann Gottfried Lessing and Justina Salome Lessing. His father had been archdeacon in Kamenz since 1724; he became chief pastor in 1733, succeeding his father-in-law Gottfried Feller. Of Lessing's siblings, five died in infancy or childhood. He attended the public school in Kamenz and in 1741 entered the Princes' School of St. Afra in Meissen, where he …

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Kronauer, Ulrich, “Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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