Desiderius Erasmus

By Emily Barrrientes

when and where he was born ?

Born October 27, 1469 in Rotterdam, Holland [now in the Netherlands].

Died July 12, 1536, Basel, Switcherland

influence and achievments

He was humanist who was the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance, the first editor of the New Testament, and also an important figure in patristics and classical literature.

Using the philological methods pioneered by Italian humanists, Erasmus helped lay the groundwork for the historical-critical study of the past, especially in his studies of the Greek New Testament and the Church Fathers. His educational writings contributed to the replacement of the older scholastic curriculum by the new humanist emphasis on the classics.

His famous quotes

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

Major Works


Enchiridion militis Christiani (1503; The Manuell of the Christen Knyght, trans. by W. Tyndale, 1533); Annotationes in Novum Testamentum (1516); Paraphrases in Novum Testamentum (1517; Paraphrase of Erasmus upon the Newe Testamente, 1548); Ratio verae theologiae (1519); De libero arbitrio diatribe (1524); Hyperaspistes diatribae adversus servum arbitrium Martini Lutheri (1526).


Adagia (1500; Proverbs or Adagies, 1539); Moriae encomium (1511; The Praise of Folie, 1549); Institutio principis Christiani (1516; The Education of a Christian Prince,1936); Querela pacis (1517; The Complaint of Peace, 1559); Colloquia (1522–33);Ciceronianus (1528; Ciceronianus: or, A Dialogue on the Best ... (100 of 3,830 words)