This article is about Erasmus, the humanist. For other meanings, see Erasmus (disambiguation).
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Desiderius Erasmus in 1523

Erasmus, full name Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, (27 October, probably 1466–12 July 1536) was a Dutch humanist, theologian and philosopher.

Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a "pure" Latin style. Although he was a Catholic, he was critical of the Roman Catholic Church and wrote satires of them. He stood at the beginning of the reformation.

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