álvares, padre manuel

(Ribeira Brava, 1526-Évora, 1583)

He enrolled in the Company of Jesus when he was 20 years old. He taught languages and humanities at the Jesuit colleges of the continent, and became the rector of the University of Évora, and later the superior of the Casa Professa de São Roque, in Lisbon, ending up being elected provincial of the Company in Portugal. His works, such as De Institutione Grammatica Libri Tre, were manuals for teaching Latin language across all Europe for two centuries, later becoming the target of an intense dispute during the Pombalin period in Portugal. He remains perhaps the most universally famous humanist and philologist Madeiran personality.

Keywords: philology; humanism; teaching; Jesuits; Latin