What is Erasmus famous for?


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Erasmus was an influential Dutch scholar who played a large role in the early humanist movement. Erasmus was well-known for being critical of the Roman Catholic Church and its excesses, although he remained part of the church until his death.

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Also known as Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Erasmus was born in 1466 as an illegitimate son. As a child he was a natural academic, and he quickly gained a reputation for speaking out against authority, particularly that of the church. After a short time as a priest, Erasmus became a scholar and lecturer. His most famous work, "The Praise of Folly," was relatively critical of the church and its ways.

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