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Timuralso spelled Timour, byname Timur Lenk or Timurlenk ("Timur the Lame"), English Tamerlane or Tamburlaine (b. 1336, Kesh, near Samarkand, Transoxania [now in Uzbekistan]--d. Feb. 19, 1405, Otrar, near Chimkent [now in Kazakhstan])

Islamic Turkic conqueror who is chiefly remembered for the barbarity of his conquests from India and Russia to the Mediterranean Sea and for the cultural achievements of his dynasty. He was portrayed in literature by such writers as Christopher Marlowe (Tamburlaine the Great, 1590), Nicholas Rowe (Tamerlane, 1702), and Edgar Allan Poe (Tamerlane, 1827).

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