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Lucius Caecilius Firmianus signo Lactantius (c. 250 – c. 325) was an early Christian author who became an advisor to Roman emperor Constantine I, guiding his Christian religious policy in its initial stages of emergence, and a tutor to his son Crispus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lactantius has received more than 434,397 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Lactantius is the 422nd most popular writer (down from 412th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 75th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Egyptian Writer.

Lactantius is most famous for his work, "The Divine Institutes," which is a defense of Christianity.

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  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

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  • 2.69

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Notable Works

The works of Lactantius
De mortibus persecutorum
Minor works
The letters, of which eighty-one have come down to us, written from c.249 until his death in 258 A.D., may be found translated in this volume.
Divinae institutiones
Institutions divines
Epitome Divinarum Institutionum (Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana)

Page views of Lactantiuses by language

Over the past year Lactantius has had the most page views in the with 59,069 views, followed by Spanish (18,352), and Italian (14,549). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (113.53%), Egyptian Arabic (110.04%), and Breton (90.24%)


Among writers, Lactantius ranks 422 out of 7,302Before him are Ivar Aasen, Savitribai Phule, Heinrich Mann, John Keats, Arion, and Sholem Aleichem. After him are Constantine P. Cavafy, Seneca the Elder, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nadine Gordimer, Vladimir Vysotsky, and Philip Roth.

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Among people born in 250, Lactantius ranks 5Before him are Helena, Galerius, Constantius Chlorus, and Saint Maurice. After him are Pope Caius, Saint Florian, Pope Miltiades, Carinus, Pope Marcellinus, Pope Alexander I of Alexandria, and Pope Eusebius. Among people deceased in 325, Lactantius ranks 2Before him is Licinius. After him are Emperor Ming of Jin, Eutropia, and Sopater of Apamea.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Lactantius ranks 82 out of 642Before him are Eli Cohen (1924), Saint Apollonia (110), Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Al-Kamil (1177), and Saint Maurice (250). After him are Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Teti (-2350), Psamtik I (-700), Eric Hobsbawm (1917), Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926), and Maria al-Qibtiyya (600).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Lactantius ranks 6Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Appian (95), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), and Apollonius of Rhodes (-295). After him are Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Nonnus (500), Taha Hussein (1889), and Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190).