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Mircea Eliade

1907 - 1986

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Mircea Eliade (Romanian: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a 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. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who 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 1,379,942 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Mircea Eliade is the 20th most popular historian (down from 16th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Romania (down from 12th in 2019) and the most popular 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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Among HISTORIANS

Among historians, Mircea Eliade ranks 20 out of 339Before him are Manetho, Hecataeus of Miletus, Procopius, Cassius Dio, Arnold J. Toynbee, and Johann Joachim Winckelmann. After him are Fernand Braudel, Leopold von Ranke, Johan Huizinga, Saxo Grammaticus, Jacob Burckhardt, and Bede.

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Contemporaries

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 Hergé, Laurence Olivier, Rachel Carson, Alberto Moravia, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Baldur von Schirach. Among people deceased in 1986, Mircea Eliade ranks 10Before him are Olof Palme, Vyacheslav Molotov, Andrei Tarkovsky, Cary Grant, Frank Herbert, and Jiddu Krishnamurti. After him are Tenzing Norgay, Joseph Beuys, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean Genet, Harold Macmillan, and Urho Kekkonen.

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In Romania

Among people born in Romania, Mircea Eliade ranks 14 out of 665Before him are Emil Cioran (1911), Tristan Tzara (1896), Elena Ceaușescu (1916), Michael I of Romania (1921), Ion Antonescu (1882), and Béla IV of Hungary (1206). After him are Carol II of Romania (1893), Vlad II Dracul (1395), Johnny Weissmuller (1904), Béla Kun (1886), Paul Celan (1920), and Constantin Brâncuși (1876).

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).