Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was the eldest of seventeen children born into an impoverished Pietist family of attorneys and pastors in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt). He spent a happy childhood both in his birthplace and on the estate of Friedeburg on the Saale, which his father later rented. He grew up strong and healthy and became an excellent horseman. In his thirteenth year, he returned to Quedlinburg and attended Gymnasium there. In 1739 Klopstock went on to the famous classical school named Schulpforta, where he received a humanistic education. In his school years Klopstock read “Paradise Lost” in Bodmer’s translation and was greatly inspired by the book.