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1. Aristotle

Aristotle was born on February 12, 384 in Stagira, Chalcidian League. He died in 322 in Euboea, Macedonian Empire.

2. Omar Khayyam

Strangers

Born in a wealthy province of Seljuk-ruled Persia, Omar Khayyam was educated well as a youth and became fascinated by science, especially astronomy and mathematics. He built an observatory and created the Jalalaean Calender that was far more accurate than the Julian Calender in use by his European ...

3. Hildegard von Bingen

Soundtrack | Breath of God

Hildegard von Bingen was born on September 16, 1098 in Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. She was a composer and writer, known for Breath of God, Personal Shopper (2016) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). She died on September 17, 1179 in Bingen am Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate, ...

4. Paul Rich

Producer | You're So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night

Paul Rich was born on December 11, 1138 in Babylon. He is known for You're So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night (2016) and Matters of Life and Death (2007).

5. Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi

Writer | Rumi: Poet of the Heart

Jalaluddin Rumi, Scholar in Religious Sciences and famed Sufi Mystic Poet, was born on September 29th 1207 A.D. in Balkh (modern day Afghanistan). Escaping Mongol invasions he travelled extensively to Muslim lands, Bagdad, Mecca, Damascus, Malatia (Turkey). Married Gevher Khatun of Samarquand and ...

6. Dante Alighieri

Writer | The Trophy Case: Judgement

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 into the lower nobility of Florence, to Alighiero di Bellincione d'Alighiero, a moneylender. A precocious student, Dante's education focused on rhetoric and grammar. He also became enamored with a young girl, Beatrice Portinari, whose death in 1290 threw a grieving ...

7. Philippe de Vitry

Composer | Aranymadár

Philippe de Vitry was born on October 31, 1291 in Paris, France. Philippe was a composer, known for Aranymadár (1999). Philippe died on June 9, 1361 in Paris, France.

8. Sergiy Radonezhskiy

Sergiy Radonezhskiy was born on May 14, 1314 in Varnitsa, Yaroslavl oblast, Russia. Sergiy died on September 25, 1392 in Sergiev Posad, Moscow oblast, Russia.

9. Joan of Arc

Writer | HBO First Look

Joan of Arc was born on January 6, 1412 in Domrémy, Duchy of Bar [today Domrémy-la-Pucelle, Grand Est, France]. She was a writer, known for HBO First Look (1992) and Joan of Arc: God's Warrior (2015). She died on May 30, 1431 in Rouen, Normandy [today Rouen, Normandy, France].

10. Louis XI of France

Louis XI of France was born on July 3, 1423 in Bourges, Berry [now Cher], France. He was previously married to Charlotte of Savoy and Margaret of Scotland. He died on August 30, 1483 in La Riche, Touraine [now Indre-et-Loire], France.

11. Leonardo Da Vinci

Writer | The Year of Living Locked Up

The archetypal "Renaissance Man," Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest scientific minds as well as one of the greatest visual artists the human race has ever produced. The illegitimate son of a wealthy Florentine notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman named Caterina, Leonardo was born in ...

12. Niccolò Machiavelli

Writer | Monna Vanna

Born into a time of extreme political upheaveal, Niccolò Machiavelli was a member of the old Florentine nobility. He received a proper humanistic Renaissance education, and as a young man began the climb up the perilous political ladder of Italy. In 1502 he was sent to Romagna as an envoy to Cesare...

13. Albrecht Dürer

Art Department | Unser Sandmännchen

Albrecht Dürer was born on May 21, 1471 in Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire [now Bavaria, Germany]. He is known for Unser Sandmännchen (1959). He died on April 6, 1528 in Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire [now Bavaria, Germany].

14. Ludovico Ariosto

Writer | Orlando furioso

Ludovico Ariosto was born on September 8, 1474 in Reggio Emilia, Duchy of Modena and Reggio [now Emilia-Romagna, Italy]. He was a writer, known for Orlando furioso (1974), The Madness of Roland (1992) and Prestige de la musique (1963). He died on July 6, 1553 in Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara [now ...

15. Michelangelo Buonarroti

Writer | So kindly to the cold stone is the fire...

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Florence, Italy. Michelangelo was a writer, known for So kindly to the cold stone is the fire... (2022). Michelangelo died on February 18, 1564 in Rome, Italy.

16. Michelangelo Buonarotti

Art Department | Yksitoista ihmisen kuvaa

Michelangelo Buonarotti was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese [now Caprese Michelangelo, Tuscany, Italy]. He is known for Yksitoista ihmisen kuvaa (2012) and Michelangelo (1963). He died on February 18, 1564 in Rome [now Italy].

17. Raphael

Art Department | Parajanov: The Last Spring

Raphael was born on April 6, 1483 in Urbino, Duchy of Urbino [now Marche, Italy]. He is known for Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992), Night Descends on Treasure Island (1940) and Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum (2002). He died on April 6, 1520 in Rome, Papal State [now Lazio, Italy].

18. Martin Luther

Soundtrack | Gangs of New York

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Mansfeld, Holy Roman Empire [now Saxony-Anhalt, Germany]. He was previously married to Katherine Von Bora. He died on February 18, 1546 in Eisleben, Mansfeld, Holy Roman Empire [now Saxony-Anhalt, Germany].

19. Henry VIII

Soundtrack | Hawaiian Eye

Henry VIII (28 June 1491 - 28 January 1547) was King of England from 22 April 1509 until his death in 1547. Henry is best known for his six marriages, and for his efforts to have his first marriage (to Catherine of Aragon) annulled. His disagreement with Pope Clement VII about such an annulment led...

20. Marguerite de Navarre

Writer | Hry lásky sálivé

Marguerite de Navarre was born on April 11, 1492 in Angoulême, Charente, France. Marguerite was a writer, known for The Tricky Game of Love (1971), L'Heptaméron (Joyeux compères) (1973) and The Other Canterbury Tales (1972). Marguerite died on December 21, 1549 in Odos, ...

21. Pietro Aretino

Writer | Der Kaufmann von Venedig

Pietro Aretino was born on April 20, 1492 in Arezzo, Republic of Florence [now Tuscany, Italy]. He was a writer, known for The Jew of Mestri (1923), The Other Canterbury Tales (1972) and Beautiful Antonia, First a Nun Then a Demon (1972). He died on October 21, 1556 in Venice, Republic of Venice [...

22. Agnolo Firenzuola

Writer | Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy

Agnolo Firenzuola was born on September 28, 1493 in Florence, Republic of Florence [now Tuscany, Italy]. Agnolo was a writer, known for Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy (1994). Agnolo died on June 27, 1543 in Prato, Republic of Florence [now Tuscany, Italy].

23. Francois Rabelais

Writer | Kraft Television Theatre

François Rabelais was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. He is primarily known as a writer of satire, of the grotesque, and of bawdy jokes and songs.

Ecclesiastical and anticlerical, Christian and considered by some as a free thinker, a doctor and ...

24. Hans Sachs

Writer | Aufruhr im Schlaraffenland

Hans Sachs was born on November 5, 1494 in Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire [now Bavaria, Germany]. Hans was a writer, known for Scandal in Fairyland (1957) and Katzen können kratzen (1989). Hans died on January 19, 1576 in Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire [now Bavaria, Germany].

25. Michel de Nostredame

Writer | Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen

An apothecary before he began to practice the occult, Michel de Nostredame spent the early part of his career battling outbreaks of the bubonic plague in southern France, and northern Italy. Historians attribute his higher-than-average survival rates to his then-radical practice of personal hygiene...

26. Anton Francesco Grazzini

Writer | Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy

Anton Francesco Grazzini was born on March 22, 1504 in Florence, Republic of Florence [now Tuscany, Italy]. He was a writer, known for Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy (1994). He died on February 18, 1584 in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany [now Tuscany, Italy].

27. Giorgio Vasari

Writer | Raphael Superstar

Giorgio Vasari was born on July 30, 1511 in Arezzo, Tuscany [now Italy]. Giorgio was a writer, known for Raphael Superstar (2016). Giorgio died on June 27, 1574 in Florence [now Italy].

28. Thoinot Arbeau

Soundtrack | The Wicker Man

Thoinot Arbeau was born on March 17, 1520 in Dijon, France. Thoinot died on July 23, 1595 in Langres, France.

29. Herman Finck

Music Department | BBC Proms

Herman Finck was born on March 21, 1527 in Pirna, Saxony, Germany. Herman is known for BBC Proms (1972). Herman died on December 28, 1558 in Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

30. John Dee

John Dee (13 July 1527 - 1608 or 1609) was an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist and alchemist. He was the court astronomer for, and advisor to, Elizabeth I, and spent much of his time on alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. As an antiquarian, he had one of ...

31. John Dee

Jubilee

John Dee was born on July 13, 1527 in London, England, UK. John is known for Jubilee (1978). John was previously married to Jane Fromond. John died in December 1608 in Mortlake, England, UK.

32. Ivan the Terrible

Self | The History Chicks

Ivan the Terrible was born on August 25, 1530 in Kolomenskoye, Russia.

33. Michel de Montaigne

Writer | Hommes & animaux également soûmis à l'ordre de la nature

Michel Eyquem, Sieur DE Montaigne (28 February 1533 - 13 September 1592), also known as the Lord of Montaigne, was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. He is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes ...

34. Torquato Tasso

Writer | La Gerusalemme liberata

Torquato Tasso was born on March 11, 1544 in Sorrento, Kingdom of Naples [now Campania, Italy]. He was a writer, known for La Gerusalemme liberata (1957), Jerusalem Liberated (1913) and The Crusaders (1911). He died on April 25, 1595 in Rome, Papal State [now Lazio, Italy].

35. Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was born on December 14, 1546 in Knutstorp Castle, Scania, Denmark, Denmark-Norway (now Sweden). He died on October 24, 1601 in Prague, Habsburg Bohemia, Holy Roman Empire [now Czech Republic].

36. Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra

Writer | Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes' baptism occurred on October 9, 1547, at Alcala de Henares, Spain, so it is reasonable to assume he was born around that time, and Alcala de Henares has long claimed itself as his birthplace. The son of Rodrigo de Cervantes, an itinerant and not-too-successful surgeon, Miguel ...

37. Edward de Vere

Writer | Looking for Desdemona

The 17th Earl of Oxford, hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England, scion of the noble house of Vere (his ancestor Aubrey received titles and estates from William the Conqueror in 1066). Poet, playwright, and courtier to Queen Elizabeth I, he received his classical education at Cambridge and ...

38. Elizabeth Báthory

Self | Murder with Friends

Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian form Báthory Erzsébet, (born August 7, 1560, Nyírbátor, Hungary-died August 21, 1614, Castle Cachtice, Cachtice, Hungary [now in Slovakia]), Hungarian countess who purportedly tortured and murdered hundreds of young women in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Báthory was born ...

39. Félix Lope de Vega

Writer | Qartuli baletis ostatebi

Félix Lope de Vega was born on November 25, 1562 in Madrid, Spain. He was a writer, known for Ballet Tales (1955), Uchitel tantsev (1952) and La moza del cántaro (1927). He was previously married to Juana de Guardo and Isabel de Urbina. He died on August 27, 1635 in Madrid, Spain.

40. Christopher Marlowe

Soundtrack | Richard III

Born the son of a shoe-maker two months before the birth of another famous playwright, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe achieved fame as an Elizabethan dramatist as well as an atheist. He was killed in a tavern brawl by a former friend, allegedly over a bill. There is now some evidence that...

41. William Shakespeare

Writer | The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

42. Claudio Monteverdi

Soundtrack | A Star Is Born

Claudio Monteverdi was born on May 15, 1567 in Cremona, Duchy of Milan [now Lombardy, Italy]. He was a composer and writer, known for A Star Is Born (2018), Liberal Arts (2012) and Mouchette (1967). He died on November 29, 1643 in Venice, Republic of Venice [now Veneto, Italy].

43. Honoré d'Urfé

Writer | Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon

Honoré d'Urfé was born on February 11, 1568 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Honoré was a writer, known for The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007). Honoré was previously married to Diane de Châteaumorand. Honoré died on June 1, 1625 in Villafranca d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy.

44. Adriano Banchieri

Writer | Hupsut homekorvat

Adriano Banchieri was born on September 3, 1568 in Bologna, Papal State [now Emilia-Romagna, Italy]. Adriano was a writer, known for Hupsut homekorvat (1967). Adriano died in 1634 in Bologna, Papal State [now Emilia-Romagna, Italy].

45. Michael Praetorius

Soundtrack | Love Story

Michael Praetorius was born on February 15, 1571 in Creuzburg, Saxe-Eisenach, Holy Roman Empire [now Thuringia, Germany]. Michael is known for Love Story (1970), The Hunt (2012) and Trace of Stones (1966). Michael died on February 15, 1621 in Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony, Germany.

46. Michelangelo da Caravaggio

Writer | Alex & Aki

Michelangelo da Caravaggio was born on September 29, 1571 in Milan, Duchy of Milan, Holy Roman Empire. He was an actor and writer, known for Alex & Aki (2019), Five Revolutionary Painters (1959) and Canvas (1966). He died on July 18, 1610 in Porto Ecole, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Holy Roman ...

47. Johannes Kepler

German astronomer who discovered three major laws of planetary motion, conventionally designated as follows: (1) the planets move in elliptical orbits with the Sun at one focus; (2) the time necessary to traverse any arc of a planetary orbit is proportional to the area of the sector between the ...

48. Ben Jonson

Soundtrack | Sense and Sensibility

Benjamin Jonson was born 1571 as the posthumous son of a Protestant minister. His mother then moved him to Westminster, where she married a bricklayer. He attended a free parish school as a boy, and thanks to the sponsorship of the headmaster, was able to attend Westminster Grammar School. ...

49. Guido Reni

Art Department | Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum

Guido Reni was born on November 4, 1575 in Bologna, Papal State [now Emilia-Romagna, Italy]. Guido is known for Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum (2002). Guido died on August 18, 1642 in Bologna, Papal State [now Emilia-Romagna, Italy].

50. Peter Paul Rubens

Art Department | Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum

Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist and diplomat from the Duchy of Brabant in the Southern Netherlands (modern-day Belgium). He is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and ...


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