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1. Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam Miscellaneous Crew, 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 contemporaries... 15 May 1048
2. Hildegard von Bingen Hildegard von Bingen Soundtrack, A Beautiful Mind 16 September 1098
3. Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi 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 moved to Quonya (Konya in present day Turkey)... 30 September 1207
4. Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri Writer, Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic 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 Dante into intense religious studies... 1 June 1265
5. Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci Art Department, Parajanov: The Last Spring 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 Tuscany on April 15, 1452, in Anchiano, a town near Vinci, which is in the proximity of Florence... 15 April 1452
6. Niccolò Machiavelli Niccolò Machiavelli Writer, La mandragola 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 Borgia... 3 May 1469
7. Albrecht Dürer Albrecht Dürer Art Department, Unser Sandmännchen 21 May 1471
8. Ludovico Ariosto Ludovico Ariosto Writer, Alcina 8 September 1474
9. Raphael Raphael Art Department, Parajanov: The Last Spring 6 April 1483
10. Martin Luther Martin Luther Soundtrack, Gangs of New York Martin Luther was the founder of the Lutheran Church in the 16th Century. As a composer he also wrote such well known Christian hymns as "A Mighty Fortess Is Our God". 10 November 1483
11. Pietro Aretino Pietro Aretino Writer, La bella Antonia, prima Monica e poi Dimonia 20 April 1492
12. Francois Rabelais Francois Rabelais Writer, A bor lelke 4 February 1494
13. Michel de Nostredame 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... 14 December 1503
14. Anton Francesco Grazzini Anton Francesco Grazzini Writer, Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy 22 March 1504
15. Torquato Tasso Torquato Tasso Writer, Rinaldo 11 March 1544
16. Tycho Brahe Tycho Brahe 14 December 1546
17. Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra 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 was educated by monks as he and his family wandered from city to city... 29 September 1547
18. Félix Lope de Vega Félix Lope de Vega Writer, The Dog in the Manger 25 November 1562
19. Christopher Marlowe Christopher Marlowe Writer, Faust 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 suggests his death was in fact an assassination. 23 February 1564
20. William Shakespeare William Shakespeare Writer, Romeo + Juliet 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 unknown financial setback... 23 April 1564
21. Claudio Monteverdi Claudio Monteverdi Music Department, Liberal Arts 15 May 1567
22. Michelangelo da Caravaggio Michelangelo da Caravaggio Actor, Five Revolutionary Painters 29 September 1571
23. Ben Jonson Ben Jonson Writer, 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. Unofortunately... 11 June 1572
24. Peter Paul Rubens Peter Paul Rubens Art Department, Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum 28 June 1577
25. John Fletcher John Fletcher Writer, Henry VIII 20 December 1579
26. Francisco de Quevedo Francisco de Quevedo Writer, La hora bruja 26 September 1580
27. Girolamo Frescobaldi Girolamo Frescobaldi Soundtrack, Tale of Tales 12 September 1583
28. John Ford John Ford Writer, Syskonbädd 1782 17 April 1586
29. Joost Van den Vondel Joost Van den Vondel Writer, Lucifer 17 November 1587
30. Ivan Gundulic Ivan Gundulic Writer, Prikazivanje Dubravke ljeta gospodnjega MCMLXXIII. 8 January 1589
31. Anthony van Dyck Anthony van Dyck Self, Visnews 22 March 1599
32. Pedro Calderón de la Barca Pedro Calderón de la Barca Writer, La dama duende 17 January 1600
33. Jacob Balde Jacob Balde Writer, Melancholia 4 January 1604
34. Pierre Corneille Pierre Corneille Writer, Rodelinda 6 June 1606
35. Rembrandt van Rijn Rembrandt van Rijn Art Department, Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum 15 July 1606
36. John Milton John Milton Writer, Die Schöpfung 9 December 1608
37. Andreas Gryphius Andreas Gryphius Writer, Vanitas, Vanitatum, et Omnia Vanitas 2 October 1616
38. Agustín Moreto Agustín Moreto Writer, Menos es más 9 April 1618
39. Jean de La Fontaine Jean de La Fontaine Writer, De Fabeltjeskrant Born in July 8, 1621, in Château-Thierry (Champagne, France), where his father was in charge of Water, Forests and Hunting, Jean de la Fontaine spent his whole childhood and adolescence in the countryside, where he mainly studied Latin language. In 1641, he moved to Paris to continue his study at the Oratoire... 8 July 1621
40. Charles Perrault Charles Perrault Writer, Shrek 2 12 January 1628
41. John Bunyan John Bunyan Writer, Pilgrim's Progress 28 November 1628
42. Christopher Wren Christopher Wren Art Department, Question Time Christopher Wren was born on 20 October 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, where his father was rector. His father later moved to Windsor and Wren was educated at Westminster School and then Oxford University. He showed an early talent for mathematics and enjoyed inventing things, including an instrument for writing in the dark and a pneumatic machine... 20 October 1632
43. Jean-Baptiste Lully Jean-Baptiste Lully Soundtrack, The Brothers Grimm 28 November 1632
44. Philippe Quinault Philippe Quinault Writer, Cadmus & Hermione 3 June 1635
45. William Russell William Russell 29 September 1639
46. Jean Racine Jean Racine Writer, Mitridate, re di Ponto 22 December 1639
47. William Wycherley William Wycherley Writer, The Happy Husband After he wrote the play, "The Gentleman Master", (1672), it was panned by critics, so in the prologue to his most famous play, "The Country Wife", (1676), he offered the actors, mistresses and matrons to the critics in case this was equally badly received. His last play was, "The Plain Dealer", (1676)... 28 March 1641
48. Princess Palatine Elizabeth Charlotte Princess Palatine Elizabeth Charlotte Writer, Ich bin 27 May 1652
49. Arcangelo Corelli Arcangelo Corelli Soundtrack, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Arcangelo Corelli was born February 17, 1653, in Fusignano, Italy. He studied violin with Bassani at the Music school in Bologna. In Rome he studied composition under Matteo Simeoni, the singer of the pope's chapel. Corelli established himself as composer and violinist in the 1670s. In 1672 he made a sensational debut in Paris... 17 February 1653
50. Henry Purcell Henry Purcell Soundtrack, The Wolf of Wall Street 10 September 1659
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