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Catherine of Alexandria

287 - 305

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Catherine of Alexandria, also spelled Katherine (Greek: Αίκατερίνη) is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early fourth 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 eighteen. 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 2,427,350 page views. Her biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Catherine of Alexandria is the 39th most popular religious figure (up from 85th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 21st in 2019) and the 2nd 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 39 out of 2,238Before her are Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Lucy, Husayn ibn Ali, Queen of Sheba, James, son of Zebedee, and Samuel. After her are Pope John Paul I, Pope John XXIII, Joshua, Judas Iscariot, Ignatius of Loyola, and Saul.

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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 11 out of 582Before her are Nefertiti (-1400), Akhenaten (-1400), Euclid (-350), Hypatia (350), Yasser Arafat (1929), and Hatshepsut (-1507). After her are Joshua (-1355), Amenhotep III (-1403), Origen (185), Anthony the Great (251), Imhotep (-2800), and Plotinus (203).


Among religious figures born in Egypt, Catherine of Alexandria ranks 2Before her are Moses (-1393). After her are Joshua (-1355), Anthony the Great (251), Hagar (-1800), Miriam (-1400), Moses in Islam (-1392), Saint Apollonia (110), Paul of Thebes (227), Saint Maurice (250), Pachomius the Great (292), and Saint Menas (285).