Anton Günther II. von Schwarzburg-Sondershausen-Ar
|born on||10 October 1653 Jul.Cal. (20 Oct 1653 greg.) at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )|
|Place||Sondershausen, Germany, 51n22, 10e52|
|Timezone||LMT m10e52 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||27°00' 11°53 Asc. 27°32'|
German nobleman, a Count of Schwarzburgand Hohenstein and Lord of Sondershausen, Arnstadt and Leutenberg from 1666 until his death. In 1697, he was raised to Prince of Schwarzburg.
Anton Günther II was a son of Count Anton Günther I and his wife Countess Palatine Mary Magdalene of Birkenfeld. In 1666 he succeeded his father, jointly with his older brother Christian William I. In 1681, the brothers divided their inheritance, with Anton Günther II receiving the districts Ebeleben, Schernberg, Keula, and Arnstadt and thus founding a short-lived cadet line. In 1697, the brothers were raised to Imperial Princes. However, after 1709, Anton Günther II refrained from using this title.
Anton Günther II extensively renovated his residence in Arnstadt. He was a major patron of music and an avid collector of antiques and objets d'art. During his rule, Arnstadt became an important cultural center. In 1702, he invited Johann Sebastian Bach, who was 17 years old at the time, to become court organist in Arnstadt.
In 1684, he married Augusta Dorothea (1666-1751), the daughter of Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Their marriage remained childless and after his death, Arnstadt fell back to his brother Christian William.
Anton Günther II died on 20 July 1716 in Arnstadt.
- associate relationship with Bach, Johann Sebastian (born 21 March 1685 Jul.Cal. (31 Mar 1685 greg.))
Sy Scholfield quotes "Die Durchläuchtige Häuser in Europa" (1708), p. 621: "Antonius Gunther II. geb. den 10. Oct. 1653. Nachts um 1. Uhr zu Sondershausen."
- Notable : Famous : Royal family