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Ambrose of Milan (Latin: Aurelius Ambrosius; c. 339 – 4 April 397), venerated as Saint Ambrose, was a theologian and statesman who served as Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397. He expressed himself prominently as a public figure, fiercely promoting Roman Christianity against Arianism and paganism. He left a substantial collection of writings, of which the best known include the ethical commentary De officiis ministrorum (377–391), and the exegetical Exameron (386–390). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ambrose has received more than 1,939,368 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Ambrose is the 96th most popular religious figure (up from 200th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 138th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Religious Figure.

Ambrose is most famous for being the first Christian bishop of Milan, Italy, and for his work in converting many pagans to Christianity.

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Among religious figures, Ambrose ranks 96 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Gregory VII, Maimonides, Salome, Bilal ibn Rabah, Pope Pius X, and Francis Xavier. After him are Saint Lawrence, Pope Paul III, Philip the Apostle, Teresa of Ávila, Jude the Apostle, and Pope Innocent III.

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Among people born in 340, Ambrose ranks 2Before him is Theodosius I. After him are Pope Anastasius I, Faxian, Priscillian, Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, and Arbogast. Among people deceased in 397, Ambrose ranks 2Before him is Martin of Tours. After him are Geminianus, Optatus, and Nectarius of Constantinople.

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Among people born in Germany, Ambrose ranks 63 out of 7,253Before him are Klemens von Metternich (1773), Joseph Goebbels (1897), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Eva Braun (1912), and Gerd Müller (1945). After him are Jacques Offenbach (1819), Konrad Adenauer (1876), Erich Fromm (1900), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), and Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Ambrose ranks 4Before him are Martin Luther (1483), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), and Hildegard of Bingen (1098). After him are Albertus Magnus (1206), Pope Joan (null), Pope Damasus II (1000), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Pope Clement II (1005), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), and Pope Victor II (1018).