(born Gerhard Gerhards) 1466?-1536; Du. humanist, scholar, & theologian
Form Ancient Greek, ἐράσμιος (erasmios, “pleasant”); name of an early Christian martyr.
- But Erasmus could not be content with the Bible in Latin.
- The common man, to whom the diet of Augsburg alludes, had, long been raising his voice against the " parsons " (Pfaffen); the men of letters, Brand, Erasmus, Reuchlin, and above all Ulrich von Hutten, contributed, each in their way, to discredit the Roman Curia; and lastly, a new type of theology, represented chiefly by Martin Luther, threatened to sweep away the very foundations of the papal monarchy.
- DESIDERIUS ERASMUS (1466-1536), Dutch scholar and theologian, was born on the night of the 27/28th of October, probably in 1466; but his statements about his age are conflicting, and in view of his own uncertainty x.
- Erasmus was at Deventer from 1475 to 1484, and when he left, had learnt from Johannes Sinthius (Syntheim) and Alexander Hegius, who had come as headmaster in 1483, the love of letters which was the ruling passion of his life.
- These he defended with great ability, but with so much heat that Erasmus joined in demanding his expulsion from the city.