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Luís Vaz de Camões
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Born c.1524
Died June 10, 1580(1580-06-10)
Occupation Writer
Genre Poetry

Luís Vaz de Camões (c. 1524 – June 10, 1580) was Portugal's greatest poet. He has been compared to Homer, Virgil, Dante, Cervantes or Shakespeare. He wrote lyrical poetry (in Portuguese and in Spanish) and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas. (His philosophical work The Parnasum of Luís Vaz was lost, stolen with part of Os Lusíadas by envious enemies while he was staying at Mozambique.)

  • Os Lusíadas
Is about the exploration of Portuguese people through Africa and the West Indies. It talks a lot about Vasco de Gama.
  • The Parnasum of Luís Vaz (lost)


Today, a museum dedicated to Camões can be found in Macau, the Museu Luís de Camões.

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