Among the Academy graduates who wrote verse in Latin Mathias Casimir Sarbievius (1578—1640) was known throughout Europe. He was a professor of rhetoric, philosophy and theology. Critics called him the Sarmatian Horace, and his "Lyricorum libri tres" was translated into many European languages and saw about fifty editions altogether. The great Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens designed the title page for one of the editions.
In 1623, Pope Urban VIII crowned Sarbievius with laurels for his poetry.