Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian

Erasmus, full name Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus,[1] (27 October, probably 1466 in Rotterdam – 12 July 1536 in Basel) was a Dutch humanist, theologian and philosopher.

Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a "pure" Latin style. Although he was a Catholic, he was critical of the Roman Catholic Church and wrote satires of them. He stood at the beginning of the reformation.


  1. or Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

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Wikisource has the original Latin text of Praise of Folly.