Joannes Antonides (usually called Antonides van der Goes, after Goes
, Holland, the place of his birth) was born 3 May 1647 and died 15 September 1684 in Rotterdam
. By his contemporaries he was regarded as one of the greatest poets, but that opinion is no longer held. His parents were simple members of the Mennonite congregation at Goes; his father, Anthoni Janssen
, also tried to write verse. When Joannes was four years old, his parents moved to Amsterdam
, where Joannes attended the Latin school and then worked in an apothecary shop. Later he studied medicine at the university of Utrecht
and received his doctor's degree on 5 June 1674, after which he became a physician in Rotterdam. Antonides took no active part in the congregational life. It is not even certain that he joined that church, although Samuel Müller
regards him as having been a member.
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1840): 113.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899): 187.
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