Classics Calendar for February 6

Christopher Marlowe wrote an unfinished play about
Hero and Leander. Here is Hero over the body of Leander,
who drowned swimming the Hellespont to be with her.
Painting by Jan van den Hoecke.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Christopher Marlowe (1564; died May 30, 1593) English playwright and poet; Dr. Faustus; Edward the Second; Hero and Leander

Died this on day:

Joseph Priestley (1804; born March 24, 1733) English theologian, natural philosopher, and chemist, who published over 150 works.

Barbara W. Tuchman (1989; born January 30, 1912) American historian; The Guns of August; Stilwell and the American Experience in China; Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1962 and 1971)

Bonus Classic:

Daoyuan (active c. 1004-1007) Chinese monk and chronicler; Records of the Transmission of the Lamp

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