Catherine of Alexandria

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Catherine of Alexandria, or Katherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine (Coptic: Ϯⲁⲅⲓⲁ Ⲕⲁⲧⲧⲣⲓⲛ; Greek: ἡ Ἁγία Αἰκατερίνη ἡ Μεγαλομάρτυς "Holy Catherine the Great Martyr"; Arabic: سانت كاترين‎; Latin: Catharina Alexandrina), is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the emperor Maxentius. According to her hagiography, she was both a princess and a noted scholar who became a Christian around the age of 14, converted hundreds of people to Christianity and was martyred around the age of 18. More than 1,100 years after Catherine's martyrdom, Joan of Arc identified her as one of the saints who appeared to and counselled her.The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates her as a Great Martyr and celebrates her feast day on 24 or 25 November, depending on the regional tradition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Catherine of Alexandria has received more than 1,738,071 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 58 in 2019). Catherine of Alexandria is the 85th most popular religious figure (down from 73rd in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Egypt (down from 20th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Egyptian Religious Figure.

Catherine of Alexandria is most famous for being the patron saint of philosophers. She is believed to have been a philosopher and scholar who was martyred by being broken on a wheel.

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Among religious figures, Catherine of Alexandria ranks 85 out of 2,272Before her are Jude the Apostle, Philip the Apostle, Ezekiel, Pope Pius X, Pope Paul III, and Pope Adrian VI. After her are Simon the Zealot, Pope Benedict XV, Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope Leo X, Girolamo Savonarola, and Salome.

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Among people born in 287, Catherine of Alexandria ranks 1 Among people deceased in 305, Catherine of Alexandria ranks 1After her are Agnes of Rome, Porphyry, Januarius, and Saint Alban.

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Among people born in Egypt, Catherine of Alexandria ranks 21 out of 520Before her are Hosni Mubarak (1928), Plotinus (203), Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918), Anthony the Great (251), Anwar Sadat (1918), and Rudolf Hess (1894). After her are Ptolemy I Soter (-367), Hero of Alexandria (10), Diophantus (201), Khafra (-2550), Seti I (-1323), and Ramesses I (-1300).


Among religious figures born in Egypt, Catherine of Alexandria ranks 4Before her are Moses (-1393), Joshua (-1355), and Anthony the Great (251). After her are Miriam (-1400), Hagar (-1800), Moses in Islam (-1392), Saint Apollonia (110), Pachomius the Great (292), Saint Sarah (100), Saint Maurice (250), and Paul of Thebes (227).