Fracastoro, Girolamo (1483-1553), a poet of the Renaissance, was born at Verona. His chief work was a poem in Latin, Syphilis, dedicated to Cardinal Bembo, and he wrote a later one on the patriarch Joseph. He has been sometimes ranked next to Virgil. Another poem is Alcon; sive de Cura Canum Venaticorum. He also wrote in prose upon sympathy and antipathy, and upon contagion and contagious diseases.