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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: Danish historian who chronicled the history of Denmark (including the legend of Hamlet) (1150?-1220?)

Merriam Webster's

biographical name circa 1150-after 1216 Danish historian

Britannica Concise

(fl.mid-12th cent.-early 13th cent.) Danish historian. Little is known of Saxo's life except that he was a Zealander from a family of warriors and probably served as clerk to the archbishop of Lund. His 16-volume Gesta Danorum ("Story of the Danes") is the first important work on the history of Denmark and the first Danish contribution to world literature. A panorama of his country's antiquity and traditions, it inspired many 19th-cent. Danish Romantic poets and was the original source of the story of W. Shakespeare's Hamlet. Saxo's brilliant, ornate Latin earned him the name "Grammaticus" in the 14th cent.



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