Carlo Ginzburg

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Carlo Ginzburg (Italian: [ˈkarlo ˈɡintsburɡ]; born April 15, 1939) is an Italian historian and proponent of the field of microhistory. He is best known for Il formaggio e i vermi (1976, English title: The Cheese and the Worms), which examined the beliefs of an Italian heretic, Menocchio, from Montereale Valcellina. In 1966, he published The Night Battles, an examination of the benandanti visionary folk tradition found in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Friuli in northeastern Italy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlo Ginzburg has received more than 216,749 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Carlo Ginzburg is the 72nd most popular historian (down from 61st in 2019), the 1,115th most popular biography from Italy (down from 949th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Historian.

Carlo Ginzburg is most famous for his book, "The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller," which explores the life of a miller in sixteenth-century Friuli, Italy.

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Among historians, Carlo Ginzburg ranks 72 out of 341Before him are Johann Jakob Bachofen, Nicolaus of Damascus, Gaston Maspero, Geoffrey of Villehardouin, Al-Baladhuri, and Erich Auerbach. After him are Ephorus, Eutropius, Yuval Noah Harari, Julius Wellhausen, Shoqan Walikhanov, and Georges Duby.

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Among people born in 1939, Carlo Ginzburg ranks 53Before him are Scott Glenn, Junko Tabei, João Bernardo Vieira, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, Cynthia Lennon, and Jean-Marie Lehn. After him are Jorge Sampaio, Sonny Chiba, Fritjof Capra, Claude François, Phil Spector, and Lee Majors.

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Among people born in Italy, Carlo Ginzburg ranks 1,115 out of 4,088Before him are Francesco Rosi (1922), Carlo Carrà (1881), Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (-2), Andrea Gritti (1455), Gaius Valerius Flaccus (45), and Lorenzo Monaco (1370). After him are Milonia Caesonia (7), Saint Maurus (512), Antipope John XVI (1000), Coluccio Salutati (1331), Filippo Maria Visconti (1392), and Thomas Cajetan (1469).


Among historians born in Italy, Carlo Ginzburg ranks 9Before him are Diodorus Siculus (-90), Leonardo Bruni (1370), Poggio Bracciolini (1380), Marcus Velleius Paterculus (-19), Euhemerus (-330), and Francesco Guicciardini (1483). After him are Tyrannius Rufinus (345), Timaeus (-350), Andrea Alciato (1492), Flavio Biondo (1388), Philistus (-430), and Festus (390).