Demetrius of Thessaloniki

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Demetrius (or Demetrios) of Thessaloniki (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 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 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 269,739 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Demetrius of Thessaloniki is the 282nd most popular religious figure (down from 260th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Greece (down from 67th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 282 out of 2,272Before him are Hosea, Pope Adrian II, Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib, Pope Honorius IV, Marcion of Sinope, and Pope Anacletus. After him are Fethullah Gülen, Pope Innocent IV, Pope Boniface I, Pope Benedict II, Ephrem the Syrian, and Moses in Islam.

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Among people born in 270, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 2Before him is Saint Nicholas. After him are Maximinus II, Saint Spyridon, and Flavia Maximiana Theodora. Among people deceased in 306, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 3Before him are Saint Barbara and Constantius Chlorus. After him are Theodore of Amasea and Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia.

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Among people born in Greece, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 74 out of 855Before him are Isocrates (-436), Vangelis (1943), Clement of Alexandria (150), Nana Mouskouri (1934), Paul of Greece (1901), and Lysippos (-390). After him are Giorgio de Chirico (1888), John V Palaiologos (1332), Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382), Hephaestion (-356), Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882), and Nâzım Hikmet (1902).


Among religious figures born in Greece, Demetrius of Thessaloniki ranks 3Before him are Pope Sixtus II (215) and Pope Dionysius (200). After him are Philomena (291), Pope Hyginus (100), Dionysius the Areopagite (100), Pope Eleutherius (171), Saint Titus (13), Saint Giles (640), Antipope Alexander V (1339), Athenagoras I of Constantinople (1886), and Athenagoras of Athens (133).