Alardus of Amsterdam

Alardus or Alaard of Amsterdam (Latin: Alardus Amstelredamus) (1491–1544) was a Dutch humanist scholar, known as an editor of Rodolphus Agricola and Erasmus.

Alardus of Amsterdam, 1523


Alardus was born in Amsterdam, a relation of Meynard Man. His teachers may have included Willem Hermans and Alexander Hegius. By 1511 he was teaching in Alkmaar, where he was a student of Murmellius who became the headmaster.[1][2][3]

Alardus then led an itinerant life, tracking down Agricola's works left in manuscript.[4] He was at one point on good terms with Erasmus, but they later fell out.[1]


Alardus took part in the publication of Agricola's De inventione dialectica in 1515, and was editor of a revised edition in Cologne in 1538.[5] His major work was the two-volume collected edition of Agricola of 1539.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Peter G. Bietenholz; Thomas Brain Deutscher (2003). Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation, Volumes 1-3, A-Z. University of Toronto Press. pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-0-8020-8577-1.
  2. ^ Dirk van Miert (9 June 2011). The Kaleidoscopic Scholarship of Hadrianus Junius (1511-1575): Northern Humanism at the Dawn of the Dutch Golden Age. BRILL. p. 5. ISBN 978-90-04-20914-5.
  3. ^ The Biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Longman, Brown. 1842. p. 616.
  4. ^ Desiderius Erasmus. The Poems of Desiderivs Erasmvs. Brill Archive. p. 31. GGKEY:N9BRLDQ43QR.
  5. ^ Ann Moss (2003). Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn. Oxford University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-19-924987-9.