Matteo Ricci

1552 - 1610

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Matteo Ricci (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtеːo ˈrittʃi]; Latin: Mattheus Riccius Maceratensis; 6 October 1552 – 11 May 1610), was an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions. He created the Kunyu Wanguo Quantu, a 1602 map of the world written in Chinese characters. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matteo Ricci has received more than 578,779 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Matteo Ricci is the 295th most popular religious figure (up from 298th in 2019), the 352nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 361st in 2019) and the 131st most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary to China in the late 16th century. He is most famous for introducing Western science and mathematics to China, as well as Western religious thought.

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Among religious figures, Matteo Ricci ranks 295 out of 2,272Before him are Rebecca, Barabbas, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Saint Ursula, Al-Tirmidhi, and Pope John XV. After him are Pope Gregory V, Pope Lucius III, Pope Sergius III, Muhammad al-Mahdi, Ignatius of Antioch, and Ulfilas.

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Among people born in 1552, Matteo Ricci ranks 4Before him are Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Paul V, and Boris Godunov. After him are Vasili IV of Russia, Seonjo of Joseon, Lavinia Fontana, Edmund Spenser, Hans von Aachen, Jost Bürgi, Henri, Prince of Condé, and Petrus Plancius. Among people deceased in 1610, Matteo Ricci ranks 3Before him are Caravaggio and Henry IV of France. After him are Ludolph van Ceulen, François Ravaillac, Adam Elsheimer, Honda Tadakatsu, False Dmitry II, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Catherine Vasa of Sweden, Hasegawa Tōhaku, and Anthony Jenkinson.

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Among people born in Italy, Matteo Ricci ranks 352 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Boniface I (370), Pope Benedict II (635), Petronius Maximus (396), Primo Levi (1919), Claudio Abbado (1933), and Pope John XV (1000). After him are Pope Lucius III (1110), Cato the Younger (-95), Pope Sergius III (860), Gordian III (225), Scipio Aemilianus (-185), and Pope Anastasius I (340).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Matteo Ricci ranks 131Before him are Pope Honorius IV (1210), Pope Anacletus (1), Pope Innocent IV (1195), Pope Boniface I (370), Pope Benedict II (635), and Pope John XV (1000). After him are Pope Lucius III (1110), Pope Sergius III (860), Pope Anastasius I (340), Pope Zachary (679), Pope Gregory II (669), and Pope Paschal I (775).