Desiderius Erasmus (27 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus. Erasmus was born in Rotterdam, in 1466. Orphaned at an early age, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. died suddenly in Basel in 1536
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam was one of Europe's most famous and influential scholars. A man of great intellect who rose from meager beginnings to become one of Europe's greatest thinkers, he defined the humanist movement in Northern Europe. His translation to Greek of the New Testament brought on a theological revolution, and his views on the Reformation tempered its more radical elements.
In a time when mobility was not available to everyone, Erasmus of Rotterdam studied at various European universities and defended education as a priority for the development of modern society. France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, England ... in his travels and stays Erasmo met other illustrious thinkers of the time such as John Colet and Thomas More, who profoundly influenced the ideas of humanistic and personal career.
Erasmus scholarship program, which allows European University students spend a few months at the University of any other country, is well known, but what few people know is that the name refers to the Dutch humanist and theologian Erasmus of Rotterdam (Rotterdam 1466 - 1536 Basel).
Beginning in 1499 Erasmus began to travel Europe extensively, including numerous trips to England, where he met lifelong friends Thomas More and John Colet, and future patrons, such as William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury