, in Latin Brod&Us, an eminent critic, on whom Lipsius, Scaliger,
, in Latin Brod&Us, an eminent critic, on whom Lipsius, Scaliger, Grotius, and all the learned
of his age, have bestowed high encomiums, was descended
from a noble family in France, and born at Tours in 1500.
He was liberally educated, and placed under Alciat to
study the civil law; but, soon forsaking that, he gave himself up wholly to languages and the belles-lettres. He
travelled into Italy, where he became acquainted with Sadolet, Bembus, and other eminent characters; and here
he applied himself to the study of philosophy, mathematics, and the sacred languages, in which he made no small
proficiency. Then returning to his own country, he led a
retired but not an idle life; as his many learned lucubrations
abundantly testify. He was a man free from all ambition
and vain-glory, and suffered his works to be published
rather under the sanction and authority of others, than
under his own: a singular example, says Thuanus, of modesty in this age, when men seek glory not only from
riches and honours, but even from letters; and that too
with a vanity which disgraces them. He died in 1563, at
Tours, where he was a canon of St. Martin. His principal
works are, 1. his “
Miscellanea, a collection of criticisms
and remarks, the first six books of which are published in
Gruter’s” Lampas, seu fax artium,“
vol. II. and the four
latter in vol. IV. 2.” Annotationes in Oppianurn, Q. Calabrum, et Coluthum,“
Basil, 1552, 8vo. 3.” Notae in
ibid. 1619, 8vo. 4.” Annot. in Xenophontem, Gr. et Lat.“
ibid. 1559, fol. 5.” Epigrammata Grseca
cum Annot. Brodaei et H. Steph." Francfort, 1600, fol.
Many of these epigrams were translated into Latin by Dr.
Johnson, and are printed with his works.