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Pieter Gillis

French philosopher

Died when: 47 years 101 days (567 months)
Star Sign: Leo


Pieter Gillis

Pieter Gillis (28 July 1486 – 6 or 11 November 1533), known by his anglicised name Peter Giles and sometimes the Latinised Petrus Ægidius, was a humanist, printer, and secretary to the city of Antwerp in the early sixteenth century.

He is most famous as a friend and supporter of Rodolphus Agricola, Desiderius Erasmus and Thomas More.Thomas More's Utopia, although fictional, includes Pieter Gillis as a character in Book I.

More dedicated Utopia to Gillis, who may have designed the Utopian alphabet.They first met when diplomatic business brought More to Antwerp.

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