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1. Titus Livius Titus Livius Writer, Cabiria 0017
2. Philo Judaeus Philo Judaeus Miscellaneous Crew, The Ten Commandments Hellenistic Jewish philosopher. He hailed from Alexandria, Egypt, where he was a leading member of the Jewish community. A prolific author, his work brought together Greek philosophy and Jewish scripture, and greatly influenced subsequent Greek Christian theologians like St. Clement of Alexandria and Origen... 0050
3. Lucio Anneo Seneca Lucio Anneo Seneca Writer, Medea 2 Born 4 A.D. in Spain as the second son of rhetorician Seneca the Elder and his wife Helvia. A sickly child, he was taken to Rome by an aunt and trained in rhetoric and Stoic philosophy. Seneca the Younger became a successful advocate, though a conflict in 37 A.D. with the Emperor Caligula almost cost him his life... 0065
4. Flavius Josephus Flavius Josephus Writer, Rome: Power & Glory Jewish notable and Greek historian. In Hebrew he was Yoseph ben Matatyahu, the son of Matthias, a well-known member of the priestly aristocracy of Jerusalem; and his mother was related to the former royal house of the Hasmonaeans (Maccabees). Josephus' native language was Aramaic, but he received an excellent Hebrew education... 0095
5. Juvenal Juvenal Writer, Gladiators: Bloodsport of the Colisseum Latin satirical poet, was born some time between A.D. 50 and 70 and died after 127. He may have come from Aquinum (Aquino) in central Italy. He was the son or ward of a rich freedman (a class he attacks in his writings) and practiced declamation until middle age - which seems likely enough in view of the characteristics of his literary style... 0140
6. Cassius Dio Cassius Dio Writer, Rome: Power & Glory Cassius Dio was a Greek historian and Roman official. He was the son of Cassius Apronianus, governor of Cilicia and Dalmatia, and may have been a descendant of the Greek orator and philosopher Dio Chrysostom. Dio Cassius came to Rome at the age of 16, in the early years of the reign of Commodus (180-192 AD)... 0235
7. 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... 4 December 1123
8. Hildegard von Bingen Hildegard von Bingen Soundtrack, A Beautiful Mind 17 September 1179
9. Gonzalo de Berceo Gonzalo de Berceo Writer, En romance paladino De Berceo, whose date of birth and death are only approximately known, is known as the first Spanish author whose name has come down from the Spanish Middle Ages. As he was a monk, all his poems are of a religious nature. His best known poem is Milagros de Nuestra Señora. 1250
10. 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)... 17 December 1273
11. 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... 14 September 1321
12. Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio Writer, The Decameron 21 December 1375
13. Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer Writer, The Canterbury Tales 25 October 1400
14. Kabir Sant Kabir Sant Writer, Yes We Can Indian mystic and poet. He tried to unite Hindu and Muslim thought and preached the essential unity of all religions. His disciple Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. Kabir was brought up by a Muslim weaver and later influenced by a Hindu ascetic, Ramananda. He took the best tenets of both Hinduism and Islam and preached his own religion called sahaja-yoga ('simple union')... 1448
15. Johannes Gutenberg Johannes Gutenberg 3 February 1468
16. Thomas Malory Thomas Malory Writer, Excalibur Born around 1414-1420 into an English gentry family, Sir Thomas Malory spent his first couple of decades in quiet obscurity, aside from campaigning at the Siege of Calais in 1436. By 1441 he had been knighted, and had developed a growing interest in politics. In 1445 he became MP for his county and over the next few years developed a startling talent for lawlessness... 14 March 1471
17. Dieric Bouts Dieric Bouts Art Department, Met Dieric Bouts 6 May 1475
18. Jorge Manrique Jorge Manrique Writer, Marinas 1479
19. 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... 2 May 1519
20. Raphael Raphael Art Department, Parajanov: The Last Spring 6 April 1520
21. 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... 21 June 1527
22. Albrecht Dürer Albrecht Dürer Art Department, Unser Sandmännchen 6 April 1528
23. Juan de la Encina Juan de la Encina Writer, Del contorno y sus formas 1529
24. Fernando de Rojas Fernando de Rojas Writer, La Celestina Writer of the famous dramatized novel La Celestina (1499), which first appeared as Comedia de Calisto y Melibea, and later as Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea. Rojas was a converted Jewish lawyer, but that is about all that is known about him. There are questions about his authorship of the tragicomedy... April 1541
25. 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". 18 February 1546
26. Francois Rabelais Francois Rabelais Writer, A bor lelke 9 April 1553
27. Ludovico Ariosto Ludovico Ariosto Writer, Alcina 6 July 1553
28. Pietro Aretino Pietro Aretino Writer, La bella Antonia, prima Monica e poi Dimonia 21 October 1556
29. Clément Jannequin Clément Jannequin Soundtrack, Last Days 1558
30. Antonio de Cabezón Antonio de Cabezón Composer, El alquimista 26 March 1566
31. 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... 2 July 1566
32. Raphael Holinshed Raphael Holinshed Writer, Chimes at Midnight 1580
33. Luís Vaz de Camões Luís Vaz de Camões Writer, A Comédia de Deus 10 June 1580
34. Anton Francesco Grazzini Anton Francesco Grazzini Writer, Neskolko lyubovnykh istoriy 18 February 1584
35. Thomas Tallis Thomas Tallis Soundtrack, Elizabeth 23 November 1585
36. 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. 30 May 1593
37. Orlando di Lasso Orlando di Lasso Composer, Peccato 14 June 1594
38. Torquato Tasso Torquato Tasso Writer, Rinaldo 25 April 1595
39. Thomas Nashe Thomas Nashe Writer, In Time of Pestilence 1601
40. Emilio de' Cavalieri Emilio de' Cavalieri Music Department, The Son of Joseph 11 March 1602
41. Giulio Cesare Della Croce Giulio Cesare Della Croce Writer, Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno 12 January 1609
42. Michelangelo da Caravaggio Michelangelo da Caravaggio Actor, Five Revolutionary Painters 18 July 1610
43. Tomás Luis de Victoria Tomás Luis de Victoria Soundtrack, The Prophecy 27 August 1611
44. Carlo Gesualdo Carlo Gesualdo Soundtrack, True Story Born into the Italian nobility, Don Carlo Gesualdo developed an early and passionate interest in music. Though recognized as a dynamic composer who was far ahead of his time, Gesualdo's brilliance as a musical talent has been overshadowed by his violent personal life. After discovering his wife (and first cousin)... 8 September 1613
45. Mateo Alemán Mateo Alemán Writer, El pícaro 1614
46. 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 1616
47. 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... 23 April 1616
48. Giulio Caccini Giulio Caccini Soundtrack, Donnie Darko 10 December 1618
49. William Byrd William Byrd Soundtrack, Primal Fear 4 July 1623
50. John Fletcher John Fletcher Soundtrack, Dangerous Dan McFoo 1625
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