Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Erasmus of Rotterdam
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A. Life

Desiderius (from 1496) (H)E. Roterodamus, Dutch Humanist, theologian and philologist, was born on October 27/28, 1466 (or 1467, or 1469) at Rotterdam, the illegitimate son of a priest. He died on July 11/12, 1536 at Basle. He made contact with Humanism at the Deventer Latin school (Alexander Hegius), and with the devotio moderna at the canonry of Steyn. He took vows as a canon-regular on April 25, 1492 (the first reliable date in his biography). After studying theology (Paris, 1495–1499), he moved frequently: England 1499/1500, Paris and …

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Schenk, Peter (Köln), “Erasmus of Rotterdam”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004862>
First published online: 2015



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