Classics Calendar for February 13

Scene 1 of the 1876 Bayreuth Festival production of
Das Rheingold, the first part of Richard
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Thomas Robert Malthus (1766; died December 29, 1834) English cleric and scholar; An Essay on the Principle of Population

Elaine Pagels (1943) American religious historian; The Gnostic Gospels; Adam, Eve and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity; Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

Died this on day:

Benvenuto Cellini (1571; born November 3, 1500) artisan in the Italian Renaissance known for his Autobiography

Cotton Mather (1728; born February 12, 1663) American Puritan minister, author, and pamphleteer who contributed to the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials; wrote Boston Ephermeris; The Biblia Americana; Pillars of Salt; Magnalia Christi Americana; The Christian Philosopher

Richard Wagner (1883; born May 22, 1813) German composer; Rienzi; Tannhauser; Lohengrin; Tristan und Isolde; Der Ring des Nibelungen

Bonus Classic:

Fuzuli (c. 1494-1556) Turkmen (Azerbaijani) poet and philosopher; Layla and Mejnun

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