Born: October 17, 1815, Lübeck, Germany.
Died: April 6, 1884, Lübeck, Germany.
Buried: Burgtorfriedhof, Lübeck, Germany.
Son of a pastor, Emmanuel intended to follow in his father’s footsteps, and studied in Bonn and Berlin. However, his real interests lay not in theology, but in classical and romance philology.
In 1838 he accepted a tutorship in the household of the Russian ambassador in Athens, Prince Katakazi, where he stayed until 1840. The same year he and his friend Ernst Curtius published a volume of translations from Greek.
In 1842 he entered the service of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, with an annual stipend of 300 thalers.
In 1851, Maximilian II of Bavaria invited Geibel to Munich as an honorary professor at the university, and he relinquished his Prussian stipend.
While in Munich, Geibel was at the center of the literary circle called Die Krokodile (the Crocodile Society), which was concerned with traditional forms.
In 1852 he married Amanda Trummer, and the next year they had a daughter, Ada Marie Caroline.
Beginning as a member of the group of political poets who heralded the revolution of 1848, Geibel was also the chief poet to welcome the establishment of the Empire in 1871.
Geibel left Munich in 1869 and returned to Lübeck, where he stayed until his death.