Barbosa, Arius

, a native of Aveiro in Portugal, one of the restorers of learning in Spain, in the end of the fifteenth century, was the son of Ferdinand Barbosa, and of Catherine Figuera, who took great pains with his education-. After studying for some time in the Spanish universities, he went into Italy, and at Florence studied under the celebrated Politian. Here he made great progress in the languages, particularly the Greek, which he had an opportunity of acquiring more perfectly from those Greeks, who, at the taking of Constantinople, came into Italy. About the year 1494, Barbosa returned to Spain in order to teach Greek, which had long been forgotten in that country. After teaching it at Salamanca, with Antony of Lebrixa, for twenty years, he was invited to the court of Portugal, to be preceptor to the two young princes Alphonsus and Henry, who were afterwards cardinals, and the latter, king of Portugal in 1578. He remained in this employment for seven years, and afterwards went home, and died of a very advanced age in 1540. Barbosa, with Lebrixa and Resendius, contributed very successfully to the restoration of classical and polite literature in Spain. His works are, 1. “In Aratoris presbyter! poema de Apostolorum rebus gestis commentarium,Salamanca, 1515, fol. 2. “De Prosodia, relectio, seu de re poetica, ac recte scribendi ratione” and with it, “ | Epometria, sive relectio alia,Salamanca, 4to. 3. “QuodJibeticae questiones,” a work mentioned by Valerius Andreas, but unknown to Antonio. 4. “Epigrammatum li^ bellus,” 8vo. 1


Antonio Bibl. Hisp. -—Moreri. Baillet Jugemens des Savans, vol. II.