Julius Caesar Scaliger


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classical scholar, born at Riva on Lake Garda, settled at Agen in France as a physician. In the Renaissance debate about the purity of Latin, he was an advocate of Cicero and so found himself in dispute with Erasmus, against whom he wrote two tracts (1531, 1536). He wrote an important treatise on poetics (1561) which contained the earliest expression of the conventions of classical tragedy.

Subjects: Literature.

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