Desiderius Erasmus

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Erasmus (1467—1536) in one way typified the Renaissance in that he had an international career. Born in Rotterdam, he lived in France, Belgium, Italy, England, Switzerland and Germany, and died in Basel. In another way he introduced a new slant by trying to introduce the religious element which had been lacking in the study of classical letters, and he published the first New Testament in Greek. His most popular work was the Colloquies.