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Paul of Thebes

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Paul of Thebes (Coptic: Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲉ; Koinē Greek: Παῦλος ὁ Θηβαῖος, Paûlos ho Thēbaîos; Latin: Paulus Eremita; c. 227 – c. 341), commonly known as Paul the First Hermit or Paul the Anchorite, was an Egyptian saint regarded as the first Christian hermit, who was claimed to have lived alone in the desert of Thebes, Roman Egypt from the age of sixteen to the age of one hundred and thirteen years old. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul of Thebes has received more than 228,865 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Paul of Thebes is the 411th most popular religious figure (up from 491st in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 90th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Egyptian Religious Figure.

Paul of Thebes is most famous for his life of asceticism and self-mortification.

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  • 11.50

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  • 2.04

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Among religious figures, Paul of Thebes ranks 411 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Benedict VI, Gad, Pope John VII, Pope Valentine, Saint Sava, and 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf. After him are Abd Allah ibn Abbas, Maximus the Confessor, Uwais al-Qarani, Abu Dawood, Salome, and Januarius.

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Among people born in 227, Paul of Thebes ranks 1After him is Zhuge Zhan. Among people deceased in 342, Paul of Thebes ranks 2Before him is Saint Nicholas. After him is Emperor Cheng of Jin.

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Among people born in Egypt, Paul of Thebes ranks 70 out of 582Before him are Meritaten (-1400), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Sextus Empiricus (160), Shoshenq I (-1000), Sayyid Qutb (1906), and Appian (95). After him are Saint Maurice (250), Eric Hobsbawm (1917), Pachomius the Great (292), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Psamtik I (-700), and Lactantius (250).


Among religious figures born in Egypt, Paul of Thebes ranks 9Before him are Joshua (-1355), Anthony the Great (251), Hagar (-1800), Miriam (-1400), Moses in Islam (-1392), and Saint Apollonia (110). After him are Saint Maurice (250), Pachomius the Great (292), Saint Menas (285), Saint Sarah (100), Mary of Egypt (344), and Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926).