Erasmus Biography

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.

Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style. Amongst humanists, he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists"; he has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists". Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament. These raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote On Free Will, The Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style, Julius Exclusus, and many other works.

Erasmus lived against the backdrop of the growing European religious Reformation; but while he was critical of the abuses within the Church and called for reform, he kept his distance from Luther and Melanchthon and continued to recognise the authority of the pope. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Erasmus
Full Name:
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
Nationality:
Netherlands
Profession:
Philosopher, Theologian
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
October 28, 1466
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
July 12, 1536
Age at Death:
69
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
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