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Gustav Schwab – author of popular stories from classical antiquity – 1792.

Gustav Schwab – author of popular stories from classical antiquity – 1792.

To this day, Gustav Schwab remains best known for The Most Beautiful Stories of Classical Antiquity (Die schönsten Sagen des klassischen Alterthums).

The author of the popular collection of stories inspired by ancient myths and legends Gustav Schwab was born on June 19, 1792. His collection was published under the title Die schönsten Sagen des klassischen Alterthums, in the Croatian translation of the most beautiful story of classical antiquity. This work of his has been translated into several languages and has had a significant impact on many generations.

Gustav Schwab was born in Stuttgart at a time when the French Revolution was going on in Europe. It is particularly interesting that Gustav Schwab was a Lutheran (evangelical) pastor. So he was a clergyman of the Protestant Christian denomination.

Although he remained best known for The Most Beautiful Stories of Classical Antiquity, Schwab also prepared a collection of German folk tales and travelogues. He is also the author of a significant ballad about a rider from Lake Constance (German: Der Reiter und der Bodensee).

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