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Demetrius of Thessaloniki

270 - 306

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Saint Demetrius (or Demetrios) of Thessalonica (Greek: Ἅγιος Δημήτριος τῆς Θεσσαλονίκης, Hágios Dēmḗtrios tēs Thessaloníkēs), also known as the Holy Great-Martyr Demetrius the Myroblyte (meaning 'the Myrrh-Gusher' or 'Myrrh-Streamer'; 3rd century – 306), was a Greek Christian martyr of the early 4th century AD. During the Middle Ages, he came to be revered as one of the most important Orthodox military saints, often paired with Saint George of Lydda. His feast day is 26 October for Eastern Orthodox Christians, which falls on 8 November [NS] for those following the old calendar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Demetrius of Thessaloniki has received more than 352,562 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Demetrius of Thessaloniki is the 240th most popular religious figure (up from 281st in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Greece (up from 74th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Greek Religious Figure.

Demetrius of thessaloniki is most famous for his work in the field of pharmacology. He was the first to write about the use of opium as a painkiller.

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Among religious figures, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 240 out of 2,238Before him are Vincent de Paul, Pope Fabian, Ignatius of Antioch, Maximilian Kolbe, Pope Damasus I, and Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib. After him are Amos, Pope Adrian II, Ezra, Irenaeus, Pope Nicholas I, and Joseph of Arimathea.

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Among people born in 270, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 2Before him is Saint Nicholas. After him are Saint Spyridon, Maximinus II, and Flavia Maximiana Theodora. Among people deceased in 306, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 2Before him is Saint Barbara. After him are Constantius Chlorus, Theodore of Amasea, and Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia.

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Among people born in Greece, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 66 out of 936Before him are Pyrrho (-365), Queen Sofía of Spain (1938), Antisthenes (-445), Epaminondas (-418), Peleus (null), and Vangelis (1943). After him are Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Irene of Athens (752), Isocrates (-436), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), and Nana Mouskouri (1934).


Among religious figures born in Greece, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 2Before him are Pope Sixtus II (215). After him are Pope Dionysius (200), Dionysius the Areopagite (100), Saint Titus (13), Philomena (291), Pope Hyginus (100), Pope Eleutherius (171), Saint Giles (640), Antipope Alexander V (1339), Athenagoras I of Constantinople (1886), and Athenagoras of Athens (133).