Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580)

Death: 10th June 1580
Location: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos / Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
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Portuguese poet whose mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas / The Lusíads
Written in Homeric fashion, the poem focuses mainly on a fantastical interpretation of the Portuguese voyages of discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Os Lusíadas is often regarded as Portugal's national epic, much in the way as Virgil's, The Aeneid was for the Ancient Romans, as well as Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey for the Ancient Greeks.