Augustine of Canterbury

510 - 604

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Augustine of Canterbury (early 6th century – most likely 26 May 604) was a Christian monk who became the first archbishop of Canterbury in the year 597. He is considered the "Apostle to the English”. Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when Pope Gregory the Great chose him in 595 to lead a mission, usually known as the Gregorian mission, to Britain to Christianize King Æthelberht and his Kingdom of Kent from Anglo-Saxon paganism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Augustine of Canterbury has received more than 1,260,789 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Augustine of Canterbury is the 789th most popular religious figure (up from 1,004th in 2019), the 1,084th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,454th in 2019) and the 270th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Augustine of Canterbury is most famous for his conversion to Christianity.

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  • 4.72

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Over the past year Augustine of Canterbury has had the most page views in the with 170,294 views, followed by Spanish (13,532), and Italian (11,343). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malayalam (272.75%), Azerbaijani (182.09%), and Simple English (165.09%)


Among religious figures, Augustine of Canterbury ranks 789 out of 3,187Before him are Expeditus, Philip the Evangelist, Robert de Sorbon, Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, Ubayy ibn Ka'b, and William Tyndale. After him are Athenagoras of Athens, Anastasius of Persia, Hippolytus of Rome, Nicholas of Flüe, Eutyches, and Archduke Rudolf of Austria.

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Among people born in 510, Augustine of Canterbury ranks 3Before him are Hind bint Utbah, and Reccared I. After him are Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei, and Dorotheus of Gaza. Among people deceased in 604, Augustine of Canterbury ranks 3Before him are Pope Gregory I, and Emperor Wen of Sui. After him are Al-Nabigha, and Æthelric of Deira.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Augustine of Canterbury ranks 1,084 out of 5,161Before him are Giovanni Battista Martini (1706), Antonio Caldara (1670), Lars Porsena (-600), Scipione del Ferro (1465), Hiero I of Syracuse (-600), and Marcus Claudius Marcellus (-42). After him are Benedetto Marcello (1686), Miuccia Prada (1949), Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587), Andrea Pirlo (1979), Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli (1856), and Gino Bartali (1914).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Augustine of Canterbury ranks 270Before him are Saint Cajetan (1480), Antipope Nicholas V (1260), Romuald (951), Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti (1774), Gerard of Csanád (980), and Giovanni Battista Re (1934). After him are Hippolytus of Rome (170), Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788), Pietro Parolin (1955), Gemma Galgani (1878), Peter Chrysologus (380), and Giuseppe Moscati (1880).