Júlio Dantas

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Júlio Dantas
Born (1876-05-19)May 19, 1876
Lagos, Portugal
Died May 25, 1962(1962-05-25) (aged 86)
Lisbon, Portugal
Occupation Doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist
Genre Poetry
Literary movement Romantism, Academism
Notable works 'A Ceia dos Cardeais

Júlio Dantas, GCC (1876 in Lagos – 1962 in Lisboa) was a Portuguese doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist.


The son of a military officer, he studied at Lisbon's Colégio Militar, and later Medicine at the University of Lisbon.

He published his first article in 1893; he was later a doctor in the Portuguese Army, president of the Academia de Ciencias de Lisboa (Lisbon academy of science), Minister of Education, Minister of Foreign Affairs (1922–1923) and ambassador to Brazil (1941–1949).

In his time, he was famous for his historical works (both theatre plays and novels). Most popular was the "A Ceia dos Cardeais" ("The Cardinals' Supper"). His work "A Severa" was made into the first Portuguese sound film in 1931.

For the younger generations, he is however most famous for being the target of Almada Negreiros' Manifesto Anti-Dantas (the anti-Dantas manifest), a humorous pamphlet in the futurism style, filled with violent personal attacks, but written with an almost poetic style: "Dantas might know grammar, he might know syntax, he might know medicine, he might know how to cook suppers for cardinals, he might know everything except how to write, which is the only thing he does" and more famously "if Dantas is Portuguese then I want to be Spanish".