Zimorowic  Józef Bartłomiej

Activity: historian
Years: 1597 - 1677
Community: ukrainian
He was a Polish poet and historian of the Baroque era, most famous for his pastoral poems Sielanki nowe ruskie (New Ruthenian Pastorals), first published in Krakow in 1663. He was born into a Lviv Armenian family and educated at the cathedral school in the city. He began to work for the city chancellery and in 1624 changed his surname to Zimorowic in order to advance his career by distancing himself from his artisanal background. He married Katarzyna Duchnicowna, the daughter of a rich goldsmith (she died in 1653). In 1640, he took over the running of the city chancellery, became a councilor and was several times mayor of Lviv which allowed him to take part in the election of King Jan Kazimierz in 1648. Zimorowic was interested in the history of Lviv and studied the city chronicles. In 1671 he published “Viri illustres civitatis Leopoliensis” (Famous Men of the City of Lviv), a collection of biographies of notable local figures. Another work “Leopolis triplex” tracing the history of Lviv until 1633 remained in manuscript until the late 19th century. Zimorowic acknowledges the most important earlier Polish pastoral poet Szymon Szymonowic, whose Sielanki appeared in 1614, as his master, but his own poems are notable for their local, "Ruthenian" (i.e. Ukrainian) color and are clearly set in the landscape around Lviv.