About Diogo Pires - Pyrrhus Lusitanus
Portuguese Marrano poet and physician.
Born in Évora and was known as Flavius Eborensis. In order to escape the Portuguese Inquisition, Pyrrhus left Évora for Salamanca in Spain, where he began to study medicine in 1535 and eventually qualified as a physician. Around 1540 he fled to Antwerp from there he made his way to Venice and Ferrara, and then lived for a time in Ancona. The persecution of the local Marrano colony in 1555 obliged him to take refuge in the Dalmatian town of Ragusa (Dubrovnik), where he formally reverted to Judaism under the name of Isaiah Kohen. Pyrrhus, who had first achieved literary distinction with his volume of Carmina (Ferrara, 1545), spent about 50 years of his life in Ragusa, then a center of Neo-Latin poetic culture, and was mainly active as a teacher and writer. According to some authorities, Pyrrhus made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in his last years before returning to Ragusa, where he died. Source; Encyclopaedia Judaica