1466 - 1536

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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (; English: Erasmus of Rotterdam or Erasmus; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536) was a Dutch philosopher and Catholic theologian who is considered one of the greatest scholars of the northern Renaissance. As a Catholic priest, he was an important figure in classical scholarship who wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erasmus has received more than 2,352,400 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Erasmus is the 24th most popular philosopher (up from 25th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Netherlands and the 2nd most popular Dutch Philosopher.

Erasmus is most famous for his work in the field of humanism. He believed that the Bible should be available to everyone and not just priests and monks. He also believed that people should be able to read the Bible in their own language.

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Among philosophers, Erasmus ranks 24 out of 1,089Before him are Montesquieu, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Hobbes, Epicurus, Heraclitus, and Baruch Spinoza. After him are Thales of Miletus, Seneca the Younger, Friedrich Engels, Averroes, Democritus, and Diogenes.

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Among people born in 1466, Erasmus ranks 1After him are Moctezuma II, Elizabeth of York, Andrea Doria, Quentin Matsys, Alonso de Ojeda, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Giovanni Sforza, Ottaviano Petrucci, and Ashikaga Yoshitane. Among people deceased in 1536, Erasmus ranks 1After him are Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Germaine of Foix, Francis III, Duke of Brittany, William Tyndale, George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, Baldassare Peruzzi, Cecilia Gallerani, John of Leiden, and Garcilaso de la Vega.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Erasmus ranks 5 out of 1,209Before him are Vincent van Gogh (1853), Rembrandt (1606), Johannes Vermeer (1632), and Baruch Spinoza (1632). After him are Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Piet Mondrian (1872), Mata Hari (1876), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), and Johan Cruyff (1947).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In Netherlands

Among philosophers born in Netherlands, Erasmus ranks 2Before him are Baruch Spinoza (1632). After him are Jacobus Arminius (1560), Rodolphus Agricola (1443), Jacob Moleschott (1822), Dirck Coornhert (1522), and Bas van Fraassen (1941).