200 BC - 166 BC

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Mattathias ben Johanan (Hebrew: מַתִּתְיָהוּ הַכֹּהֵן בֶּן יוֹחָנָן, Mattīṯyāhū haKōhēn ben Yōḥānān; died 166–165 BCE) was a Kohen (Jewish priest) who helped spark the Maccabean Revolt against the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire. Mattathias's story is related in the deuterocanonical book of 1 Maccabees and in the writings of Josephus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mattathias has received more than 313,687 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Mattathias is the 667th most popular religious figure (up from 726th in 2019).

Mattathias is most famous for leading the revolt against the Greeks and establishing the Hasmonean dynasty.

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Among religious figures, Mattathias ranks 667 out of 3,187Before him are Je Tsongkhapa, Paulo Miki, Olaus Magnus, Empress Meishō, Louis de Montfort, and Pope Benedict V. After him are Justin Martyr, John Cassian, Kinga of Poland, John of Capistrano, Muhammad al-Jawad, and Saint Remigius.

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Among people born in 200 BC, Mattathias ranks 3Before him are Judas Maccabeus, and Zhang Qian. After him are Lentulus Batiatus, Patanjali, John Hyrcanus, Nicomedes IV of Bithynia, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Micipsa, Phraates II, Antiochus X Eusebes, and Antipater of Sidon. Among people deceased in 166 BC, Mattathias ranks 2Before him is Perseus of Macedon.

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