Consider the character of Tamburlaine in Marlowe's play Tamburlaine the Great  as a renaissance man and in terms of renaissance humanism

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In some ways, the association of Tamburlaine with the Renaissance and humanism seems daring. The Renaissance emphasized moderation and harmony, while Tamburlaine is ambitious and excessive. Yet, on a deeper level, there are some important connections. Tamburlaine is a truly Renaissance humanist in that he stresses man's central position in the world as well as human freedom from oppressive moral systems. Tamburlaine often compares himself to Gods in terms of his power and his actions: what better precendent, he famously asks, than mighty Jove for his thirst for power? In another passage he claims that

Though Mars himself, the angry god of arms,
And all the earthly potentates conspire
To dispossess me of this diadem,
Yet will I wear it in despite of them

This attitude fits in well with the Renaissance idea that humans do not have to feel subdued to religious or theological dogmas. In his willingness to use extreme measures to keep power, Tamburlaine resembles the prince idealized by Florentine Renaissance political thinker Niccolò Machiavelli.

In addition, Renaissance humanism stressed the importance of studying rhetoric to improve one's eloquence in contrast to the Middle Ages preference for concrete and practical occupations often taught from approved textbooks. Tamburlaine is certainly a skilful rhetorician who is able to make the audience share his own ideas and persuade them to adopt his point of view.

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