Basil of Caesarea

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Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great (Ancient Greek: Ἅγιος Βασίλειος ὁ Μέγας, Hágios Basíleios ho Mégas; Coptic: Ⲡⲓⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ Ⲃⲁⲥⲓⲗⲓⲟⲥ; 330 – January 1 or 2, 379), was an East Roman bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church, fighting against both Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Basil of Caesarea has received more than 750,664 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Basil of Caesarea is the 10th most popular physician (down from 8th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 29th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Physician.

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  • 68

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Among physicians, Basil of Caesarea ranks 10 out of 509Before him are Paracelsus, Ignaz Semmelweis, Edward Jenner, Josef Mengele, Robert Koch, and L. L. Zamenhof. After him are Albert Schweitzer, Andreas Vesalius, William Harvey, Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, Cyril of Alexandria, and Cesare Lombroso.

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Among people born in 329, Basil of Caesarea ranks 1After him is Gregory of Nazianzus. Among people deceased in 379, Basil of Caesarea ranks 1After him are Shapur II and Macrina the Younger.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Basil of Caesarea ranks 39 out of 1,128Before him are Osman II (1604), John Chrysostom (349), Anaximander (-610), Margaret the Virgin (292), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (1954), and Suleiman II (1642). After him are Mahmud II (1785), Mehmed I (1386), Mehmed VI (1861), Julian (331), Anaxagoras (-500), and Epictetus (50).

Among PHYSICIANS In Turkey

Among physicians born in Turkey, Basil of Caesarea ranks 2Before him are Galen (129). After him are Nestorius (381), Pedanius Dioscorides (40), Polycarp (69), Herophilos (-335), Ctesias (-440), Aretaeus of Cappadocia (100), Soranus of Ephesus (98), Asclepiades of Bithynia (-120), Aëtius of Amida (502), and Hulusi Behçet (1889).