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Longinus () is the name given to the unnamed Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus with a lance and who in medieval and some modern Christian traditions is described as a convert to Christianity. His name first appeared in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. The lance is called in Christianity the "Holy Lance" (lancea) and the story is related in the Gospel of John during the Crucifixion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Longinus has received more than 907,910 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Longinus is the 286th most popular religious figure (down from 221st in 2019), the 345th most popular biography from Italy (down from 268th in 2019) and the 127th most popular Religious Figure.

Longinus is most famous for being the Roman soldier who stabbed Jesus Christ on the cross.

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Among religious figures, Longinus ranks 286 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Gregory V, Pope Paschal II, Pope Paul II, Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin, Pope Linus, and Antipope John XXIII. After him are Sarah Baartman, Saint Veronica, Pope Honorius IV, Pope John X, Pope Julius I, and Desmond Tutu.

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Among people born in 100, Longinus ranks 4Before him are Ptolemy, Pope Alexander I, and Joseph of Arimathea. After him are Dionysius the Areopagite, Thecla, James the Less, Decebalus, Pope Telesphorus, Pope Hyginus, Saint Sarah, and Pope Victor I. Among people deceased in 100, Longinus ranks 14Before him are Elizabeth, Salome, Zechariah, John the Evangelist, Zacchaeus, and Caiaphas. After him are Barabbas, Dionysius the Areopagite, Herodias, Thecla, Salome, and Apollonius of Tyana.

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Among people born in Italy, Longinus ranks 345 out of 4,668Before him are Dario Fo (1926), Pope Paul II (1417), Publius Quinctilius Varus (-46), Cesare Maldini (1932), Pope Linus (1), and Antipope John XXIII (1370). After him are Pope Honorius IV (1210), Pope John X (860), Luigi Boccherini (1743), Pope Julius I (300), Pope Gregory X (1210), and Carlo Goldoni (1707).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Longinus ranks 127Before him are Pope Sylvester III (1000), Pope Paul I (700), Pope Paschal II (1050), Pope Paul II (1417), Pope Linus (1), and Antipope John XXIII (1370). After him are Pope Honorius IV (1210), Pope John X (860), Pope Julius I (300), Pope Gregory X (1210), Pope Boniface I (370), and Pope Gregory II (669).