Visual Timeline: Renaissance Humanism
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1319 CE: The Italian poet Dante Alighieri completes his epic the Divine Comedy.
1333 CE: The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch rediscovers Cicero's 'lost' Pro Archia in Liège.
1336 CE: The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch compiles an edition of works by Virgil.
1345 CE: The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch rediscovers Cicero's 'lost' Letters to Atticus in Verona.
1353 CE: Giovanni Boccaccio completes his masterpiece, the Decameron.
1360 CE: Giovanni Boccaccio works on his Ancestry of the Pagan Gods (Genealogia Deorum Gentilium).
1453 CE: De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) by Nicolaus Copernicus is published.
1500 CE: Desiderius Erasmus produces his Adagiorum Collectanea, an annotated collection of Greek and Latin adages. It is revised in 1508 and 1515 CE.
1512 CE: The Dutch Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus publishes his On Copia which teaches students how to argue, revise texts, and produce new ones.
1516 CE: Sir Thomas More's 'Utopia' is published.
1516 CE: The Dutch Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus publishes his Latin and Greek translation of the New Testament (Novum instrumentum).