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This page contains a list of the greatest Greek Religious Figures. The pantheon dataset contains 2,272 Religious Figures, 36 of which were born in Greece. This makes Greece the birth place of the 13th most number of Religious Figures behind Egypt and Poland.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Greek Religious Figures of all time. This list of famous Greek Religious Figures is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Greek Religious Figures.

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1. Pope Sixtus II (215 - 258)

With an HPI of 79.45, Pope Sixtus II is the most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 75 different languages on wikipedia.

Pope Sixtus II was bishop of Rome from 31 August 257 until his death on 6 August 258. He was martyred along with seven deacons, including Lawrence of Rome, during the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Valerian.

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2. Pope Dionysius (200 - 268)

With an HPI of 78.37, Pope Dionysius is the 2nd most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 73 different languages.

Pope Dionysius was the bishop of Rome from 22 July 259 to his death on 26 December 268. His task was to reorganize the Roman church, after the persecutions of Emperor Valerian I and the edict of toleration by his successor Gallienus. He also helped rebuild the churches of Cappadocia, devastated by the marauding Goths.

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3. Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270 - 306)

With an HPI of 77.49, Demetrius of Thessaloniki is the 3rd most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Demetrius (or Demetrios) of Thessaloniki (Greek: Ἅγιος Δημήτριος τῆς Θεσσαλονίκης, Hágios Dēmḗtrios tēs Thessaloníkēs), also known as the Holy Great-Martyr Demetrius the Myroblyte (meaning 'the Myrrh-Gusher' or 'Myrrh-Streamer'; 3rd century – 306), was a Christian martyr of the early 4th century AD. During the Middle Ages, he came to be revered as one of the most important Orthodox military saints, often paired with Saint George of Lydda. His feast day is 26 October for Eastern Orthodox Christians, which falls on 8 November [NS] for those following the old calendar. In the Roman Catholic church he is most commonly called "Demetrius of Sermium" and his memorial falls on 8 October.

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4. Philomena (291 - 304)

With an HPI of 75.60, Philomena is the 4th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Saint Philomena (Greek: Ἁγία Φιλομένα) was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24–25, 1802, in the Catacomb of Priscilla. Three tiles enclosing the tomb bore an inscription, Pax Tecum Filumena (i.e. "Peace be unto you, Philomena"), that was taken to indicate that her name (in the Latin of the inscription) was Filumena, the English form of which is Philomena. Philomena is the patron saint of infants, babies, and youth.The remains were moved to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805. There, they became the focus of widespread devotion; several miracles were credited to Philomena's intercession, including the healing of Pauline Jaricot in 1835, which received wide publicity. John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself. From 1837 to 1961, celebration of her liturgical feast was approved for some places, but was never included in the General Roman Calendar for universal use. The 1920 typical edition of the Roman Missal included a mention of her, under August 11, in the section headed Missae pro aliquibus locis ("Masses for some places"), with an indication that the Mass to be used in those places was one from the common of a virgin martyr, without any collect proper to the saint.

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5. Pope Hyginus (100 - 142)

With an HPI of 75.59, Pope Hyginus is the 5th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 73 different languages.

Pope Hyginus was the ninth bishop of Rome from c. 138 to his death in c. 142. Tradition holds that during his papacy he determined the various prerogatives of the clergy and defined the grades of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Hyginus instituted godparents at baptism to assist the baptised during their Christian life. He also decreed that all churches be consecrated. He is said to have died a martyr, though no records verify this. The chronology of the early bishops of Rome cannot be determined with any degree of exactitude today.

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6. Dionysius the Areopagite (100 - 100)

With an HPI of 75.23, Dionysius the Areopagite is the 6th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Dionysius the Areopagite (; Greek: Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀρεοπαγίτης Dionysios ho Areopagitēs) was an Athenian judge at the Areopagus Court in Athens, who lived in the first century. A convert to Christianity, he is venerated as a saint by multiple denominations.

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7. Pope Eleutherius (171 - 189)

With an HPI of 75.22, Pope Eleutherius is the 7th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 74 different languages.

Pope Eleutherius (died 24 May 189), also known as Eleutherus, was the thirteenth Pope from c. 174 to his death. His pontificate is alternatively dated to 171-185 or 177-193. He is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church. He is linked to a number of legends, one of them credited him with receiving a letter from "Lucius, King of Britain", but which is now generally considered to be a forgery.

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8. Saint Titus (13 - 107)

With an HPI of 73.94, Saint Titus is the 8th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Titus ( TY-təs; Greek: Τίτος; Títos) was an early Christian missionary and church leader, a companion and disciple of Paul the Apostle, mentioned in several of the Pauline epistles including the Epistle to Titus. He is believed to be a Gentile converted to Christianity by Paul and, according to tradition, he was consecrated as Bishop of the Island of Crete.Titus brought a fundraising letter from Paul to Corinth, to collect for the poor in Jerusalem. Later, on Crete, Titus appointed presbyters (elders) in every city and remained there into his old age, dying in Gortyna, near the city of Candia (modern Heraklion).

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9. Saint Giles (640 - 710)

With an HPI of 73.74, Saint Giles is the 9th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Saint Giles (, Latin: Aegidius, French: Gilles), also known as Giles the Hermit, was a hermit or monk active in the lower Rhône most likely in the 6th century. Revered as a saint, his cult became widely diffused but his hagiography is mostly legendary. A town that bears his name grew up around the monastery he purportedly founded, which became a pilgrimage centre and a stop on the Way of Saint James. He is traditionally one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

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10. Antipope Alexander V (1339 - 1410)

With an HPI of 73.35, Antipope Alexander V is the 10th most famous Greek Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Peter of Candia, also known as Peter Phillarges (c. 1339 – May 3, 1410), named as Alexander V (Latin: Alexander PP. V; Italian: Alessandro V), was a pope elected by the Council of Pisa during the Western Schism (1378–1417). He reigned briefly from June 26, 1409 to his death in 1410, in opposition to the Roman pope Gregory XII and the Avignon antipope Benedict XIII. In the 20th century, the Catholic Church reinterpreted the Western Schism by recognizing the Roman popes as legitimate. Gregory XII's reign was extended to 1415, and Alexander V is now regarded as an antipope.

Pantheon has 36 people classified as religious figures born between 600 BC and 1954. Of these 36, 5 (13.89%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living religious figures include Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria, and Anastasios of Albania. The most famous deceased religious figures include Pope Sixtus II, Pope Dionysius, and Demetrius of Thessaloniki.

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