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Ricci, Matteo (1552–1610)

  1. Dwight P. Baker

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1170

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Baker, D. P. 2011. Ricci, Matteo (1552–1610). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Matteo Ricci, born in Italy on October 16, 1552, became a Jesuit in 1571 and later traveled as a missionary to China, where he gained a reputation as the “wise man from the West.” He died on May 11, 1610.


  • Ricci, Matteo (1552–1610);
  • jesuit vision, the gospel into chinese society;
  • emperor as pivotal, for conversion of the chinese;
  • Ricci, the first sinologist