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Portugal celebrates the 500th anniversary of Camões, its legendary writer



Historians have not definitively decided the exact date of birth of Luís Vaz de Camões, nor the day nor even the year: 1524 or 1525? Which does not prevent Portugal from celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of its flagship poet this year. The celebrations began on June 10, on the occasion of the national holiday, aptly called “Day of Camões, Portugal and Portuguese Communities”.

Concerning the author, many other questions remain unanswered, remember Visão, which devotes an issue titled “Camões: history, myths, enigma”. For many Portuguese, “reciting Camões’ eclogues (bucolic poems) from memory is not a problem, but recounting concrete events from the poet’s existence is something else”, continues the magazine.

Thus, many details of his life remain obscure. Born into a family of the Portuguese minor nobility, he was

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