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DIAS, Goncalves Antonio, Brazilian poet, born in Caxias, Brazil, 10 August 1823" died at sea in 1864. At an early age he studied law and philosophy at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Returning to his native land. he for a time practiced law in Mavanham, and thence went to Rio de Janeiro, retiring from his profession and devoting himself to science and literature. Afterward he became professor of history in the Dom Pedro II. College. Professor Dias made several visits to France and Germany in the interest of science and for his health. Among his writings are "Primeivos Cantos" (Rio de Janeiro, 1846); "Leonor de Mendonca," a drama (1847); "Segundos Cantos" (1848); " Ultimos Cantos" and "Os Tymbivas," an epic (Leipsic, 1857); and "Diccionario da lingua Tupy," an Indian dialect (1858). Dias also wrote many interesting papers on historical subjects, especially on the migration of the Indian tribes, and also a good report entitled "Brazil e Oceania."
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