Nebrija, a continuous legacy

How do we pay homage to Nebrija and his work five centuries later? How do we keep this legacy belonging to all of us alive? Different experts have their say.


Sculpture of Antonio de Nebrija by Nigues AnselmFundación Antonio de Nebrija

Elio Antonio de Nebrija

Antonio Martínez de Cala y Xarana (1441–1522) was the first Hispanic Humanist. Celebrated for his Castilian Grammar (1492), he is known for introducing Italian Renaissance Humanism to the Iberian Peninsula at the start of the 1470s.

For the 500th anniversary of Antonio de Nebrija's death, we brought together various experts to understand, through their words, Nebrija's contributions to issues such as education and freedom of expression.

Alcala de Henares University (14-03-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija


While he remained highly curious about science, Nebrija focused on his teaching career. Throughout his life, he emanated a passion for knowledge and a desire for personal and professional education at the University.

Manuel Villa (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Manuel Villa-Cellino

President of the Antonio de Nebrija Foundation

Alejandro Tiana (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Alejandro Tiana

Secretary of State for Education and professor of education

Teresa Calvente (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Teresa Calvente Jiménez

Professor of Latin philology

National Library of Spain (14-03-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Freedom of expression and awareness

Nebrija's defense of the freedom of expression and awareness stands out in times that were difficult for holding these qualities.

Iñaki Gabilondo (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Iñaki Gabilondo


Luis Montero (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Luis García Montero

Director of the Instituto Cervantes, professor of literature and poetry

Salamanca University Library (12-03-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Grammar and Spanish

Nebrija chose a profession he loved, even though it wasn't the most relevant to the ones he could have practiced. As Pedro Martín Baños states: "He is merited for having put his great talents towards carrying out such a modest discipline like grammar."

Jose Luis (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

José Luis García Delgado

Professor of applied economics

Aurora Egido (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Aurora Egido

Member of the RAE and professor of literature

Elvira Roca (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Elvira Roca

Philologist and essayist

Luis Alberto de Cuenca (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Luis Alberto de Cuenca

Philologist, Hellenist and poet

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Knowledge and Humanism

Nebrija's opinions on the established knowledge of his time were critical, an attitude highly associated with the Renaissance and also characteristic of our current period in history, which is constantly changing due to scientific and technological progress.

Ana Santos (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Ana Santos Aramburo

Director of the National Library of Spain

Teresa Calvente (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Teresa Calvente Jiménez

Professor of Latin philology

Maria José (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

María José Gálvez

Director General of Books

Lola Pons (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

Lola Pons

Professor of Spanish language and expert in 15th-century Spanish

José Millan (21-02-2022)Fundación Antonio de Nebrija

José Antonio Millán

Biographer of Antonio de Nebrija, linguist and writer

Sculpture of Antonio de Nebrija (1944) by José Lafita DíazFundación Antonio de Nebrija

Credits: Story

Participants: Elvira Roca, Aurora Egido, Manuel Villa-Cellino, José Antonio Millán, Teresa Jiménez Calvente, Lola Pons, Ana Santos Aramburo, Luis Alberto de Cuenca, Iñaki Gabilondo, and Alejandro Tiana.

Interview supervisor: María Gil
Curator: Rodrigo Díaz

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