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MESQUITA, Salvador de, Brazilian poet, born in Rio Janeiro in 1646: died in Rome, Italy, in the beginning of the 18th century. He went to Rome for study, took holy orders, and attained high repute as a Latin scholar. His reputation as a poet was established by his sacred drama "Sacrificium Jephtae" (Rome, 1680). His best tragedies are "Demetrius," " Perseus," and "Prusias Bithyni" (Rome, 1690 to 1700).
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