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Erasmi Opera Omnia


New edition of Erasmus’s complete works, with introductions, critical apparatus, and comments.


Editing Erasmus’ Opera Omnia is a long-term KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences) project which has its origin in an initiative taken in Rotterdam in 1960. Unlike the old editions of Basel (1538-1540) and Leiden (1703-1706), the new edition shows the changes that Erasmus made in his work down through the years. The new edition offers a purified (‘critical’) Latin text, not a translation. The work is referred to as the ‘Amsterdam edition’, after the place of residence of the KNAW. (ASD). Similar to the Basel and Leiden editions and in accordance with Erasmus’s preference, the Amsterdam edition has been arranged in nine ‘ordines’ (categories). Each ‘ordo’ comprises a specific literary or thematic category within Erasmus’s oeuvre. Moreover, each text is supplemented with an introduction and a commentary in French, German or English, containing a concise description of the origin, the content and the printing history of the text in question, followed by a description of the collated editions and/or manuscripts.

An international team of around 35 specialists is currently working on this project, which is being carried out under the auspices of the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) and the Conseil international pour l’édition des oeuvres complètes d’Erasme.
The Huygens ING’s contributions are of a scientific as well as a co-ordinating nature.

The volumes that have already been published are (partly) available via the European Open Access website OAPEN. Here the ASD edition of the Adagia has been made available online by Hans van Poll.


dr. J. Bloemendal

Project Committee

  • prof. dr. K.A.E. Enenkel (Universität Münster)
  • prof. dr. A.A. den Hollander (VU en UA)
  • Prof. dr. M.E.H.N. Mout (Warmond)
  • prof. dr. E. Rabbie (EUR)
  • dr. C.S.M. Rademaker, (‘s-Hertogenbosch), penningmeester
  • Prof. dr. J. Trapman (Oegstgeest)

Conseil international pour l’édition des oeuvres complètes d’Erasme

M.E.H.N. Mout, Leiden, voorzitter
J.K. McConica, Toronto, vice-voorzitter
C.S.M. Rademaker,, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, secretaris-generaal/penningmeester
J. Trapman, Den Haag/Rotterdam, secretaris
R. Bodenmann, Zürich
K.A.E. Enenkel, Münster
A.A. den Hollander, Amsterdam
J.-P. Massaut, Luik
H. Vredeveld, Columbus OH


J. Trapman, The Hague / Rotterdam, president
M.L. van Poll-van de Lisdonk, Hellevoetsluis, secretary
G.J.M. Bartelink, Nijmegen
J. Bloemendal, The Hague
J. Domanski, Warsaw
C.L. Heesakkers, Leiden
H.J. de Jonge, Leiden
A.L. van der Laan, Rotterdam


Books can be ordered via Brill Publishers.

  • I, 1 Interpretationes- Libanii, Euripidis, Luciani, Galeni
  • I, 2 De pueris … instituendis, De ratione studii, De conscribendis epistolis, Ciceronianus
  • I, 3 Colloquia
  • I, 4 De recta … pronuntiatione, Libellus de constructione octo partium orationis, Encomium medicinae, Paraphrasis … in Elegantiarum libros Laurentii Vallae
  • I, 5 Parabolae, Encomium matrimonii
  • I, 6 De copia verborum ac rerum
  • I, 7 Carmina
  • I, 8 Iulius exclusus, Conflictus, De civilitate
  • II, 1 Adagia 1-500
  • II, 2 Adagia 501-1000
  • II, 3 Adagia 1001-1500
  • II, 4 Adagia 1501-2000
  • II, 5 Adagia 2001-2500
  • II, 6 Adagia 2501-3000
  • II, 7 Adagia 3001-3500
  • II, 8 Adagia 3501-4151
  • II, 9 Adagia collectanea, Gesamtindices
  • IV, 1 Panegyricus ad Philippum Austriae ducem, Institutio principis Christiani, Lingua
  • IV, 1A Lingua
  • IV, 2 Querela pacis, Ex Plutarcho versa
  • IV, 3 Moriae encomium id est Stultitiae laus
  • IV, 4 Apophthegmata – I-IV
  • IV, 7 – Miscellanea rhetorica
  • V, 1 De contemptu mundi, Modus orandi Deum, Explanatio Symboli
  • V, 2 Enarrationes in Psalmos – I
  • V, 3 Enarrationes in Psalmos – II
  • V, 4 Ecclesiastes – I
  • V, 5 Ecclesiastes – II
  • V, 6 Christiani matrimonii institutio, Vidua Christiana
  • V, 7 Conciones, Disputatiunucal, Paraclesis, Commentarius in hymnos Prudentii
  • V, 8 – Enchiridion et Exomologesis
  • VI, 2 Novum Testamentum – II – Evangelium secundum Iohannem et Acta apostolorum
  • VI, 3 Novum Testamentum – III – Epistolae apostolicae – I
  • VI, 5 Annotationes in Novum Testamentum – I – Matthaeus – Lucas
  • VI, 6 Annotationes in Novum Testamentum – II – Iohannes, Acta apostolorum
  • VI, 8 Annotationes in Novum Testamentum – IV – Corinthii
  • VI, 9 Annotationes in Novum Testamentum – V – Galatae – Thessalonicenses
  • VI, 10 Annotationes in Novum Testamentum – VI – 1Timotheus – Apocalypsis
  • VII, 2 Paraphrasis in Lucam
  • VII, 6 Paraphrases – Hebraei – 3. Iohannes
  • IX, 1 Apologiae – I – Epistola de interdicto esu carnium, Scholia, Spongia, Detectio praestigiarum, Epistolae contra pseudevangelicos, Epistola ad fratres inferioris Germaniae, Purgatio
  • IX, 2 Apologiae – II – Apologia ad Stunicam
  • IX, 3 Apologiae – III – Apologia ad Iacobum Fabrum Stapulensem
  • IX, 4 Apologiae – IV – Apologia ad Eduardum Leum, Manifesta mendacia, Responsio ad disputationem cuiusdam Phimostomi de divortio
  • IX, 5 Apologiae – IV – Controversiae contra Natalem Bedam
  • IX, 6 Apologiae – VI – Controversiae contra Albertum Pium
  • IX, 7 Apologiae – VII – Declarationes
  • IX, 8 Apologiae – VIII – Apologia contra Caranzam et Apologiae contra Stunicam