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Thomas Platter the Elder ( /ˈplɑːtər/ ; German: [ˈplatɐ] ; 12 February 1499, Grächen, Valais 26 January 1582, Basel) was a Swiss humanist scholar and writer.

Grächen Place in Valais, Switzerland

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Basel Place in Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

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Thomas Platter (the Elder) was a master of several languages, knowing Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, among others. He grew up in poverty and, as a student, made a prolonged tour through Germany. After his return he first lived in Zürich, where he was an assistant to reformator Huldrych Zwingli. In 1531 he was an eye-witness of the Battle of Kappel, when Huldrych Zwingli was killed. Considering the political situation in Zürich after this war, he left for Basel, together with his paternal friend and mentor, the Protestant theologian Oswald Myconius. In Basel he earned himself a reputation as an early teacher of ancient languages and humanist studies. Together with Johannes Oporinus and Ruprecht Winter he led a printing house and published a large variety of classical editions.

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His sons Felix Platter and Thomas Platter the Younger both studied medicine, a thwarted ambition of Platter's own early life. [1] Platter the Younger also kept a diary of travels in England which provided Shakespearean scholars with evidence for the dating of certain Shakespeare plays. [2]

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  1. Jennifer Speake, Literature of Travel and Exploration, Taylor and Francis 2003, pp. 967-8
  2. Marvin Spevack, Introduction to Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, New Cambridge Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 3-4).
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