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Marsilio Ficino
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    (October 19, 1433-October 1, 1499)
    Wrote 'Platonic Institutions,' 'Symposium, De Amore,' 'The Platonic Theology or The Immortality of Souls,' 'The Christian Religion,' and 'Three Books on Life'
    He likely never left Florence in his entire life.
    One of his biographers described him as '...short in stature, slim, and slightly hunched in both shoulders. He was a little hesitant in speech, and stammered in pronouncing the letter 'S.''
    He was only happy when surrounded by company and depressed when alone.
    He was most interested in the subject of love, but refused to acknowledge 'sensual' love.
    He insisted that his students awaken between one to two hours before the sun rose.
    He believed that Plato should be read in church services and that Plato and Socrates were harbingers of Jesus.
    He believed in the power of alchemy, magic, and astrology.
    He was one of the leading figures of the Italian Renaissance.
    His works inspired Renaissance painters like Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
    He was known for being friendly to anyone.
    He was a vegetarian.
    He translated the complete works of Plato into Latin.
    He was the de Medici's house physician and never accepted payment for his services.

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