Julius Caesar Scaliger  

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"Scaliger was born of a father so remarkable as to make it surprising that even his son could surpass him. This was Julius Caesar Scaliger. An eminent scholar has said that none of the ancients could be ranked above him, while the age in which he lived could not show his equal."--A History of Classical Philology from the Seventh Century BC to the Twentieth Century AD (1911) by Harry Thurston Peck

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Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484 – 1558) was an Italian scholar and physician who spent a major part of his career in France. He employed the techniques and discoveries of Renaissance humanism to defend Aristotelianism against the new learning. In spite of his arrogant and contentious disposition, his contemporary reputation was high, judging him so distinguished by his learning and talents that, according to Jacques August de Thou, none of the ancients could be placed above him, and the age in which he lived could not show his equal.

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