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The Colloquies of Desiderius Erasmus, vol. 2
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The Colloquies of Desiderius Erasmus, vol. 2


Gibbings & Co. 1900

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One of the most important figures of the 16th century, Desiderius Erasmus was a leading reformist and Renaissance humanist. Through his works and letters, Erasmus championed that true religion was a matter of inward devotion rather than outward symbols of ceremony and ritual, and sought to reform aspects of the Church from within. His works showed an astonishing intelligence, razor-sharp wit, and an authentic love for God and humanity. Soon after publication, his works were translated and read all over Europe.

The Colloquies of Erasmus still hold interest to many—the linguist, the historian, the moralist, the theologian, the lover of fiction—the short ruminations that fill these pages are funny, inspiring, rich with knowledge, poignant, captivating, and entertaining. These works were in high demand when they were published, creating a sensation all over Europe and placing Erasmus on the short list of must-read Latin scholars. Volume 2 includes the following Colloquies:

  • Philetymus and Pseudocheus
  • The Shipwreck
  • Diversoria
  • The Young Man and Harlot
  • The Poetical Feast
  • An Enquiry Concerning Faith
  • The Old Men's Dialogue
  • The Franciscans, or Rich Beggars
  • The Abbot and Learned Woman
  • The Epithalamium of Petrus Ægidius
  • The Exorcism or Apparition
  • The Alchymist
  • The Horse-Cheat
  • The Beggars' Dialogue
  • The Fabulous Feast
  • The Lying-In Woman
  • The Religious Pilgrimage
  • Notes

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Key Features

  • Contains Erasmus' collected letters
  • Includes notes by Rev. E. Johnson

Praise for the Print Edition

Perhaps no man wielded a greater influence in the sixteenth century than Erasmus. Both in his relation to Protestantism and Romanism, Erasmus was an epoch-making personality. The modern age cannot be understood without a study of his writings and the tracing of his influence.

The Reformed Church Review

To read Erasmus is to grow in wisdom.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Product Details

  • Title: The Colloquies of Desiderius Erasmus, vol. 2
  • Author: Desiderius Erasmus
  • Translator: N. Bailey
  • Editor: E. Johnson
  • Publisher: Gibbings & Company
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 346

About the Contributors

Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) was a priest, scholar, author, and translator known as a leading figure in the Renaissance humanist movement before and during the Reformation. In 1506 he graduated as Doctor of Divinity from Turin University, and later was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He then taught at Queens College, Cambridge for five years before becoming an independent scholar. Erasmus' works were very influential; his books were produced in many editions and translations and printed all through Europe during his lifetime.

Nathan Bailey was a philologist and lexicographer. His An Universal Etymological English Dictionary was the most widely used dictionary of the eighteenth century.

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