Desiderius Erasmus

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Noun1.Desiderius Erasmus - Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern EuropeDesiderius Erasmus - Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
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Ever since the eminent philosopher Erasmus of Rotterdam chose Basel as his home, this most attractive of European cities has become synonymous with the world's great thinkers.
In raising the question of Erasmus' historical consciousness it resumes an area of investigation not fully addressed since Myron Gilmore (in Humanists and Jurists, Cambridge MA, 1963) and Peter Bietenholz (Biography and History in Erasmus of Rotterdam, Geneva, 1966).
At least since the age of Erasmus of Rotterdam, intellectual communities have held high the banner of humane learning.