John Climacus

579 - 649

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John Climacus (Greek: Ἰωάννης τῆς Κλίμακος; Latin: Ioannes Climacus), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus and John Sinaites, was a 6th–7th-century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Climacus has received more than 204,548 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). John Climacus is the 474th most popular religious figure (down from 378th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Syria (down from 12th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Religious Figure.

John Climacus is most famous for his work The Ladder of Divine Ascent. It is a spiritual guidebook for people who want to live a life that is pleasing to God.

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Among religious figures, John Climacus ranks 474 out of 2,238Before him are Luigi Lucheni, Saint Sarah, Gregory Palamas, Pope John VI, Pope Pontian, and Simon Magus. After him are 13th Dalai Lama, Abbas ibn Ali, John Vianney, Saint Rosalia, Saint Florian, and Michael I Cerularius.

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Among people born in 579, John Climacus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 649, John Climacus ranks 2Before him is Emperor Taizong of Tang. After him are Pope Theodore I and Ubayy ibn Ka'b.

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In Syria

Among people born in Syria, John Climacus ranks 18 out of 181Before him are Pope Gregory III (700), Muawiya II (661), Marwan II (688), Imad ad-Din Zengi (1087), Al-Nawawi (1233), and Julia Domna (160). After him are Iamblichus (245), Aemilius Papinianus (142), Al-Maʿarri (973), Ibn al-Nafis (1212), Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691), and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (1292).


Among religious figures born in Syria, John Climacus ranks 3Before him are Pope Anicetus (70) and Pope Gregory III (700). After him are Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (1292), Ananias of Damascus (100), Émile Benveniste (1902), Romanos the Melodist (490), Maron (301), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), Ibn Asakir (1105), and Gregory III Laham (1933).