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Festus (fl. 4th century), whose name also appears in the manuscripts of his work as Rufus Festus, Ruffus Festus, Sextus Festus, Sextus Rufus, and Sextus, was a Late Roman historian and proconsul of Asia whose epitome Breviarium rerum gestarum populi Romani ("Summary of the history of Rome") was commissioned by the emperor Valens in preparation for his war against Persia. It was completed about AD 370. The Breviarium covers the entire history of the Roman state from the foundation of the City until AD 364. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Festus has received more than 141,067 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Festus is the 169th most popular historian (down from 157th in 2019), the 2,293rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 2,168th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Historian.

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Among historians, Festus ranks 169 out of 339Before him are Roger Chartier, Shlomo Sand, Simon Dubnow, Michael Attaleiates, Peter Andreas Munch, and Arno Peters. After him are Robert Conquest, Heinrich Graetz, Bernard Desclot, Hermann Abert, Paisius of Hilendar, and Edgar Quinet.

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Among people born in 390, Festus ranks 7Before him are Pope Leo I, Flavius Aetius, Pope Sixtus III, Bleda, Prosper of Aquitaine, and Faustus of Byzantium. After him is Jeonji of Baekje. Among people deceased in 380, Festus ranks 4Before him are Samudragupta, Fritigern, and Aelius Donatus. After him are Evagrius of Constantinople and Pope Peter II of Alexandria.

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Among people born in Italy, Festus ranks 2,293 out of 4,668Before him are Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880), Roberto Calasso (1941), Azeglio Vicini (1933), Emma of Italy (null), Vittoria Aleotti (1575), and Agnello Participazio (800). After him are Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (1870), Aulus Atilius Calatinus (-250), Giovanni Visconti (1290), Prince Gaetan, Count of Girgenti (1846), Franchinus Gaffurius (1451), and Luigi Illica (1857).


Among historians born in Italy, Festus ranks 14Before him are Francesco Guicciardini (1483), Carlo Ginzburg (1939), Timaeus (-350), Flavio Biondo (1388), Tyrannius Rufinus (345), and Andrea Alciato (1492). After him are Philistus (-430), Antiochus of Syracuse (-450), Quintus Claudius Quadrigarius (-200), Filippo Baldinucci (1625), Michele Amari (1806), and Dino Compagni (1255).