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Here I lie, so famously
Master of the edifice they named for me
Eternal as a pyramid? You'd think, but no
They'll both collapse, but mine takes even longer till it goes

I was back then, as now, despised and hated
Yet I continue to be reincarnated
So long as men do dream of easy glory
So long are men inspired to relive my story

Who am I?

I will accept the first answer that answers the question correctly and explains all the clues (make sure you look carefully, some of them are not obvious even when you know the answer).

This is my third riddle, so I'll also welcome any feedback or critique that helps me improve (in the comments, or in the form of an answer if it needs to contain spoilers). If you liked this riddle, here are my previous two: 1, 2.

Edit -- A Hint:

Look deeper to find the scheme of the riddle.

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Are you

Charles Ponzi?

Here I lie, so famously Master of the edifice they named for me

The 'Ponzi Scheme' (as hinted at in your...hint) was named for him EDIT: lol, I just got the pun—intended or otherwise—in "here I lie"

Eternal as a pyramid? You'd think, but no They'll both collapse, but mine takes even longer till it goes

A reference to a 'pyramid scheme' - a similar (but different!) type of money-making scheme. From the Wikipedia entry: "A pyramid scheme typically collapses much faster because it requires exponential increases in participants to sustain it. By contrast, Ponzi schemes can survive simply by persuading most existing participants to reinvest their money, with a relatively small number of new participants"

I was back then, as now, despised and hated Yet I continue to be reincarnated

Charles Ponzi was a notorious con artist, deceiving many in his life

So long as men do dream of easy glory So long are men inspired to relive my story

A Ponzi Scheme, cleverly executed, would be a source of easy money for those who would endeavor the risk

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    $\begingroup$ Nice! Yes, the pun was intended, as is hinted at by the title of the riddle, which contains another double entendre. Also, "reincarnated" refers to (spoiler:) this. $\endgroup$ – user17947 Jan 4 '16 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ I figured that was what you were going for there, wasn't sure if that was covered in the last two lines already, though. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Jan 4 '16 at 18:34
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I think you are

Ozymandias

Here I lie, so famously

Many people know Shelley's poem Ozymandias

Master of the edifice they named for me

The poem is named for the man (it is the Greek name for Rameses II)

Eternal as a pyramid? You'd think, but no/They'll both collapse, but mine takes even longer till it goes

The poem will eventually be forgotten, but it's currently around even after pyramids have fallen

I was back then, as now, despised and hated

Both when the poem was written, and now, people make fun of Ozymandias

Yet I continue to be reincarnated/So long as men do dream of easy glory/So long are men inspired to relive my story

As long as foolish people say things about their works living forever, others will mock them by bringing up the poem

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  • $\begingroup$ Whoa, I never would've thought of that! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jan 3 '16 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ Another very nice solution, +1, though I personally wasn't very familiar with the poem, so it's still quite far from the correct answer. However I like that you made use of some important clues, even if not exactly in the way I intended... Anyway, I added a hint, maybe that will guide you in the right direction. $\endgroup$ – user17947 Jan 3 '16 at 23:45
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Are you

Jesus Christ?

Here I lie, so famously

Master of the edifice they named for me

An edifice is both a building and a complex set of beliefs. Jesus died at the cross, but the cross is also a symbol of the Christian belief (named after Christ).

Eternal as a pyramid? You'd think, but no

They'll both collapse, but mine takes even longer till it goes

This is referring to the eventual collapse of religion, though the longstanding belief in Christianity mandates that it'll be around as long as people 'need' it, as beliefs often last longer than objects themselves.

I was back then, as now, despised and hated

Yet I continue to be reincarnated

The Bible describes Jesus as a figure who was killed out of hatred for his beliefs, yet we continue to believe that he will come again. We celebrate holidays such as Easter Sunday to represent his reincarnation.

So long as men do dream of easy glory

So long are men inspired to relive my story

People often use religion as a way to justify themselves. They believe that repentance and belief will send them to a heaven of eternal joy. This belief is what impels people to preach the word of the Bible. They rely on this idea of eternal glory past the end of their lives.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for a very nice answer+solution... that are COMPLETELY different from what I had in mind. :-) $\endgroup$ – user17947 Jan 3 '16 at 5:39

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