Certain details of his early life are unclear, in part because he was born to unmarried parents. His birth name was probably Gerrit Gerritszoon, but Erasmus may also have been a given name. He settled on Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus in 1506… He lectured at Cambridge University in England for a time and was a close friend of Sir Thomas More… Erasmus’ Greek translation of the New Testament portion of the Christian Bible was the first ever published (1516).
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