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Francesco Petrarca (Italian: [franˈtʃesko peˈtrarka]; 20 July 1304 – 18/19 July 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarch (), was a scholar and poet of early Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists.Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Italian Renaissance and the founding of Renaissance humanism. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Petrarch has received more than 2,230,294 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Petrarch is the 19th most popular writer (up from 25th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Italy (up from 27th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Italian Writer.

Petrarch is most famous for his love poetry, including "Rime Sparse" and "Canzoniere." He is also famous for his work on the Italian language.

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Among writers, Petrarch ranks 19 out of 5,794Before him are Jules Verne, Molière, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, Sophocles, and Virgil. After him are Jean-Paul Sartre, Aesop, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Agatha Christie.

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Among people born in 1304, Petrarch ranks 1After him are Ibn Battuta, Louis I, Count of Flanders, Ibn al-Shatir, and Jayaatu Khan Tugh Temür. Among people deceased in 1374, Petrarch ranks 1After him are Gongmin of Goryeo, Magnus IV of Sweden, Pan Geng, Ibn al-Khatib, Ni Zan, Emperor Go-Kōgon, Philip II, Prince of Taranto, and Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Petrarch ranks 24 out of 4,088Before him are Nero (37), Giordano Bruno (1548), Caravaggio (1571), Francis of Assisi (1182), Marcus Aurelius (121), and Virgil (-70). After him are Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Caligula (12), Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), and Pontius Pilate (-12).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Petrarch ranks 3Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265) and Virgil (-70). After him are Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Ovid (-43), Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).