Mircea Eliade

1907 - 1986

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Mircea Eliade (Romanian: [ˈmirtʃe̯a eliˈade]; March 13 [O.S. February 28] 1907 – April 22, 1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. One of the most influential scholars of religion of the 20th century and interpreter of religious experience, he established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. His theory that hierophanies form the basis of religion, splitting the human experience of reality into sacred and profane space and time, has proved influential. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mircea Eliade has received more than 1,686,523 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Mircea Eliade is the 16th most popular historian (up from 20th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Romania and the most popular Romanian Historian.

Mircea Eliade is most famous for his book "The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion" which argues that religion is a human response to the experience of the sacred.

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Over the past year Mircea Eliade has had the most page views in the with 203,797 views, followed by Romanian (115,333), and Russian (43,337). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (55.47%), Hausa (50.83%), and Georgian (40.85%)


Among historians, Mircea Eliade ranks 16 out of 561Before him are Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, Diodorus Siculus, Hecataeus of Miletus, Manetho, and Thomas Kuhn. After him are William of Tyre, Cassius Dio, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Arnold J. Toynbee, Leopold von Ranke, and Procopius.

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Among people born in 1907, Mircea Eliade ranks 8Before him are Astrid Lindgren, Claus von Stauffenberg, Katharine Hepburn, Oscar Niemeyer, John Wayne, and Edwin McMillan. After him are J. Hans D. Jensen, Alberto Moravia, Laurence Olivier, Hergé, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Baldur von Schirach. Among people deceased in 1986, Mircea Eliade ranks 7Before him are Simone de Beauvoir, Wallis Simpson, Jorge Luis Borges, Vyacheslav Molotov, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Olof Palme. After him are Tenzing Norgay, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Beuys, Cliff Burton, Jean Genet, and Harold Macmillan.

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In Romania

Among people born in Romania, Mircea Eliade ranks 14 out of 844Before him are John Hunyadi (1407), Emil Cioran (1911), Elena Ceaușescu (1916), Tristan Tzara (1896), Béla IV of Hungary (1206), and Ion Antonescu (1882). After him are Theodoric I (393), Leo I the Thracian (401), Carol II of Romania (1893), Béla Kun (1886), Stephen III of Moldavia (1433), and Paul Celan (1920).

Among HISTORIANS In Romania

Among historians born in Romania, Mircea Eliade ranks 1After him are Arnold Hauser (1892), Edward Luttwak (1942), and Neagu Djuvara (1916).