Paulinus of Nola

354 - 431

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Paulinus of Nola (; Latin: Paulinus Nolanus; also Anglicized as Pauline of Nola; c. 354 – 22 June 431) born Pontius Meropius Anicius Paulinus, was a Roman poet, writer, and senator who attained the ranks of suffect consul (c. 377) and governor of Campania (c. 380–81) but—following the assassination of the emperor Gratian and under the influence of his Spanish wife Therasia of Nola—abandoned his career, was baptized as a Christian, and probably after Therasia's death became bishop of Nola in Campania. While there, he wrote poems in honor of his predecessor St Felix and corresponded with other Christian leaders throughout the empire. He is traditionally credited with the introduction of bells to Christian worship and helped resolve the disputed election of Pope Boniface I. His renunciation of his wealth and station in favor of an ascetic and philanthropic life was held up as an example by many of his contemporaries—including SS Augustine, Jerome, Martin, and Ambrose—and he was subsequently venerated as a saint. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paulinus of Nola has received more than 101,586 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Paulinus of Nola is the 996th most popular writer (down from 963rd in 2019), the 1,131st most popular biography from France (down from 1,087th in 2019) and the 153rd most popular French Writer.

Paulinus of Nola was a Latin poet, Christian bishop, and later saint. He is most famous for his poetry, which is often about the beauty of nature and the glory of God.

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Among writers, Paulinus of Nola ranks 996 out of 5,794Before him are Bar Hebraeus, Charles Nodier, Egill Skallagrímsson, Alexander Ostrovsky, Ernesto Sabato, and Pu Songling. After him are William Gibson, Neale Donald Walsch, Marcel Pagnol, Gaius Valerius Flaccus, Taha Hussein, and Sarah, Duchess of York.

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Among people born in 354, Paulinus of Nola ranks 2Before him is Augustine of Hippo. After him is Arsenius the Great. Among people deceased in 431, Paulinus of Nola ranks 1After him is Plutarch of Athens.

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Among people born in France, Paulinus of Nola ranks 1,131 out of 5,234Before him are Charles-Marie Widor (1844), Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857), Sophie of France (1734), Georges Auric (1899), Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1932), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953). After him are Ambroise Thomas (1811), Lúcio Costa (1902), Marcel Pagnol (1895), Clément Janequin (1485), Françoise Dorléac (1942), and Maurice Duverger (1917).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Paulinus of Nola ranks 153Before him are Jacques Clément (1567), Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737), Alexandra David-Néel (1868), Ninon de l'Enclos (1620), Jean de Joinville (1224), and Charles Nodier (1780). After him are Marcel Pagnol (1895), Julien Green (1900), Madeleine de Scudéry (1607), Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838), Joachim du Bellay (1522), and Clément Marot (1495).