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 1,248,675 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Mircea Eliade is the 16th most popular historian, the 12th 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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Among historians, Mircea Eliade ranks 16 out of 341Before him are Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, Diodorus Siculus, Thomas Kuhn, Procopius, and Saxo Grammaticus. After him are Cassius Dio, Manetho, Fernand Braudel, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Arnold J. Toynbee, and Leopold von Ranke.

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Among people born in 1907, Mircea Eliade ranks 7Before him are Frida Kahlo, Astrid Lindgren, Claus von Stauffenberg, Katharine Hepburn, Oscar Niemeyer, and John Wayne. After him are Laurence Olivier, Hergé, Alberto Moravia, Edwin McMillan, Baldur von Schirach, and Rachel Carson. Among people deceased in 1986, Mircea Eliade ranks 8Before him are Wallis Simpson, Jorge Luis Borges, Olof Palme, Andrei Tarkovsky, Vyacheslav Molotov, and Jiddu Krishnamurti. After him are Cary Grant, Tenzing Norgay, Joseph Beuys, Henry Moore, Jean Genet, and Harold Macmillan.

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In Romania

Among people born in Romania, Mircea Eliade ranks 12 out of 572Before him are Alaric I (376), Stephen Báthory (1533), Tristan Tzara (1896), John Hunyadi (1407), Ion Antonescu (1882), and Elena Ceaușescu (1916). After him are Johnny Weissmuller (1904), Michael I of Romania (1921), Béla IV of Hungary (1206), Béla Kun (1886), Vlad II Dracul (1395), and Constantin Brâncuși (1876).

Among HISTORIANS In Romania

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