We are coming up on the birthday of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, a philosopher of the Italian Renaissance who was instrumental in re-popularizing the works of Plato. Giovanni was born to the ruling family of the independent Duchy of Modena, in northern Italy, in 1463. At the age of 23, Giovanni published his 900 Theses, which put man "at the center of the world." The 900 Theses was later called "the manifesto of the Renaissance" and was the first printed book banned by the Roman Catholic Church. He died at 31, likely of arsenic poisoning.
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