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Ephrem the Syrian

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Ephrem the Syrian (Classical Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܐܦܪܝܡ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ, romanized: Mār ʾAp̄rêm Sūryāyā, Classical Syriac pronunciation: [mɑr ʔafˈrem surˈjɑjɑ]; Koinē Greek: Ἐφραὶμ ὁ Σῦρος, romanized: Efrém o Sýros; Latin: Ephraem Syrus; Amharic: ቅዱስ ኤፍሬም ሶርያዊ; c. 306 – 373), also known as Saint Ephrem, Saint Ephraim, Ephrem of Edessa or Aprem of Nisibis, was a prominent Christian theologian and writer, who is revered as one of the most notable hymnographers of Eastern Christianity. He was born in Nisibis, served as a deacon and later lived in Edessa.Ephrem is venerated as a saint by all traditional Churches. He is especially revered in Syriac Christianity, both in East Syriac tradition and West Syriac tradition, and also counted as a Venerable Father (i.e., a sainted Monk) in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ephrem the Syrian has received more than 520,706 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Ephrem the Syrian is the 331st most popular religious figure (down from 286th in 2019), the 130th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 116th in 2019) and the 19th most popular Turkish Religious Figure.

Ephrem the Syrian is most famous for his hymns and poetry. He was a poet, theologian, and a preacher.

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Among religious figures, Ephrem the Syrian ranks 331 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Leo IV, Ubba, Pope Martin I, Sabbatai Zevi, Pope Nicholas IV, and Pope Damasus II. After him are James, son of Alphaeus, Barabbas, Philip Neri, Pope Eugene I, Pope Benedict I, and Pope Eutychian.

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Among people born in 306, Ephrem the Syrian ranks 1 Among people deceased in 373, Ephrem the Syrian ranks 2Before him is Athanasius of Alexandria.

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Among people born in Turkey, Ephrem the Syrian ranks 130 out of 1,301Before him are Andronikos II Palaiologos (1259), Antinous (111), Basil II (958), Henri Fayol (1841), Sabbatai Zevi (1626), and Balbinus (178). After him are Apelles (-370), Mausolus (-410), Chrysippus (-281), Kayqubad I (1188), Samuel of Bulgaria (958), and Simeon Stylites (389).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Ephrem the Syrian ranks 19Before him are Gregory of Nyssa (335), Ulfilas (311), Photios I of Constantinople (900), Fethullah Gülen (1941), Marcion of Sinope (85), and Sabbatai Zevi (1626). After him are Simeon Stylites (389), Pope Vitalian (600), Saint Nino (296), Saint Timothy (17), Thecla (100), and Clement of Ohrid (840).