BiographyAugust von Anhalt-Plötzkau was born 14 July 1575 in Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany to Joachim Ernst von Anhalt-Dessau (1536-1586) and Eleonore von Württemberg (1552-1618) and died 22 August 1653 in Plötzkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany of unspecified causes. He married Sibylle zu Solms-Laubach (1590-1659) 25 January 1618 in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Lithuania, Belarus, Bohemia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Portugal, the Netherlands, England, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden.
In 1586, after the death of his father, Augustus inherited Anhalt jointly with his half- and full brothers under the regency of the eldest, John George I.
After seventeen years of joint rule, the surviving brothers agreed to a formal division of their lands in 1603. Augustus received Plötzkau, which was created from parts of the old principality of Anhalt-Bernburg.