Luís de Camões

16th-century Portuguese poet

Luís Vaz de Camões[1] (c. 1524 – June 10, 1580) was Portugal's greatest poet. He has been compared to Homer, Virgil, Dante, Cervantes or Shakespeare. He wrote lyrical poetry (in Portuguese and in Spanish) and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas. (His philosophical work The Parnasum of Luís Vaz was lost, stolen with part of Os Lusíadas by envious enemies while he was staying at Mozambique.)

Luís Vaz de Camões
Died(1580-06-10)June 10, 1580
Notable worksOs Lusíadas
  • Os Lusíadas
Is about the exploration of Portuguese people through Africa and the West Indies. It talks a lot about Vasco de Gama.[2]
  • The Parnasum of Luís Vaz (lost)



Today, a museum dedicated to Camões can be found in Macau, the Museu Luís de Camões.




  • A biography about Camões is Life of Camões, by John Adamson, published by Longman in 1820.
  • Luis de Camões: Epic and Lyric, ed. Keith Bosley (1990)
  • Camoens: His Life and his Lusiads, 1881
  • The Place of Camoens in Literature / Nabuco, Joaquim., 1908
  • Luis de Camões / Bell, Aubrey F. G., 1923
  • Camoens, Central Figure of Portuguese Lit. / Goldberg, Isaac., 1924
  • From Virgil to Milton / Bowra, C. M., 1945
  • Camoens and the Epic of the Lusiads / Hart, Henry Hersch., 1962
  • The Lusiads of Luiz de Camões / Bacon, Leonard., 1966
  • The Presence of Camões / Monteiro, George., 1996
  • The Lusiads / White, Landeg., 2002
  1. pronounced luˈiʃ vaʃ dɨ kaˈmõĩʃ; sometimes rendered in English from old Portuguese as Camoens
  2. "The Lusiads". World Digital Library. 1800–1882. Retrieved 2013-09-02.

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