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Luís de Camões

Luís Vaz de Camões (sometimes rendered in English as Camoens) (1524June 10, 1580) is generally considered Portugal's greatest poet. His mastery of his art is only comparable in greatness to Virgil, Dante or Shakespeare. He penned dozens of sonnets and other poems, but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Events March 1, 1524/5 - Giovanni da Verrazano lands near Cape Fear (approx. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... Events March 1 - Michel de Montaigne signs the preface to his most significant work, Essays. ... Poets are authors of poems. ... For other uses see Virgil (disambiguation). ... Dante in a fresco series of famous men by Andrea del Castagno, ca. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads) is considered one of the finest and most important works in Portuguese literature. ...

He was born in Lisbon. When he was very young, legend says, he fell in love with a lady of the court. The lady had also caught the king's eye, however, and so Camões was sent into exile. The lady died of a broken heart, and Camões thought so much of her that he never married. Lisbon (in Portuguese, Lisboa) is the capital and largest city of Portugal. ...

After her death, he went to fight the Moors in Morocco, and in a battle an arrow put out one of his eyes. For the terrain type see Moor Moors is used in this article to describe the medieval Muslim inhabitants of al-Andalus and the Maghreb, whose culture is often called Moorish. For other meanings look at Moors (Meaning) or Blackamoors. ...

He hoped to get some office when he returned to court, but none were given to him. Instead, he sailed for Goa in the East Indies, saying, as he left Portugal: "Ungrateful country, thou shall not possess my bones." Goa (गोवा) is Indias smallest state in terms of area and the second smallest in terms of population after Sikkim. ... The Indies, on the display globe of the Field Museum, Chicago The Indies or East Indies (or East India) is a term used to describe lands of South and South-East Asia, occupying all of the former British India, the present Indian Union, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and...

In Goa he made the Portuguese soldiers angry with a satirical poem and he was banished to Macao, where he was given an office with salary enough for his support. While living there, he wrote Os Lusíadas, named from the fabled hero Lusus, who is said to have come with Ulysses to what is now Portugal and called it Lusitania. The poem tells about Vasco da Gama and other Portuguese heroes who sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and opened a new route to the Indies. Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads) is considered one of the finest and most important works in Portuguese literature. ... For other uses of the term, see fable (disambiguation). ... This article is about the type of character. ... The name Ulysses can mean: The Roman equivalent of Odysseus A 1922 novel by James Joyce: Ulysses (novel) A 1967 movie based on the novel, Ulysses (movie) A solar probe: Ulysses (spacecraft) A poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson A anime television program produced by DiC Entertainment: Ulysses 31 An indie... Roman province of Lusitania, 120 AD Lusitania, an ancient Roman province approximately including current Portugal and part of western current Spain, named after the Lusitani or Lusitanian people. ... See Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama for the football club. ... The Cape of Good Hope headland seen from the north 1888 Map of the Cape of Good Hope Triangular Postage Stamp The Cape of Good Hope is a headland in South Africa, near Cape Town, traditionally — and incorrectly — regarded as marking the turning point between the Atlantic Ocean and the...

Eventually, Camões was recalled from exile and he set sail for home. However, he was shipwrecked, and was only saved by floating on a board.

He went to Goa again and was arrested for debt and kept in prison for eight years, when he was allowed to go to Lisbon in 1569. Events January 11 - First recorded lottery in England. ...

For a time, the king gave him a small pension, but when the king died the pension ended and Camões lived in poverty, cared for by a servant who had followed him from India, and who begged in the streets by night to get enough for them to eat.

He finally died in Lisbon at the age of 56.


Camões wrote several poetries and texts (including some in Castilian), the most known being the epic The Lusiads (1572). This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads) is considered one of the finest and most important works in Portuguese literature. ... Events January 16 - The Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England. ...

The following plays are dated as of 1587: Events February 8 - Mary, Queen of Scots is executed. ...

  • El-Rei Seleuco
  • Auto de Filodemo
  • Anfitriões

In addition, three letters that he wrote are known to have survived.

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