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Matteo Ricci

Ronnie Po-chia Hsia

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online September 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195399301-0076
Matteo Ricci

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Matteo Ricci (b. 1553–d. 1610) was born in Macerata in the Papal States. In 1571 he joined the Society of Jesus in Rome and studied at the Collegium Romanum before volunteering for overseas missions. In 1578 Ricci arrived in Goa and served in Portuguese India for three years before traveling on to Macao. In 1583 Ricci accompanied Michele Ruggieri to Zhaoqing, establishing the first Jesuit residence in China. Learning the Chinese language and classics, Ricci also transmitted Western scientific, philosophical, and religious knowledge, rising in the society of Ming China, as he made his way from the South to the imperial capital in Beijing, where he died in 1610 and won posthumous fame as the most famous missionary to China.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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