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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 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 129,913 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Paulinus of Nola is the 978th most popular writer (up from 996th in 2019), the 1,141st most popular biography from France (down from 1,128th in 2019) and the 150th 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 978 out of 5,755Before him are Gnaeus Naevius, Stephen Crane, James Brendan Connolly, Donna Leon, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, and Vittoria Colonna. After him are Henry Fielding, Danilo Kiš, Daniel Keyes, Zeami Motokiyo, Persius, and Prudentius.

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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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In France

Among people born in France, Paulinus of Nola ranks 1,141 out of 6,011Before him are Victor, Prince Napoléon (1862), Joël Robuchon (1945), André Maginot (1877), Jean-Louis Tauran (1943), Pierre Mignard (1612), and Louis-Gabriel Suchet (1770). After him are Tancred of Hauteville (980), Georges Ernest Boulanger (1837), Jean-Joseph Sanfourche (1929), Louis William, Margrave of Baden-Baden (1655), Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (1543), and Louis, Count of Évreux (1276).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Paulinus of Nola ranks 150Before him are Jules Renard (1864), Alexandra David-Néel (1868), Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838), Charles Nodier (1780), Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737), and Jean-Claude Carrière (1931). After him are Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780), Nicolas Chamfort (1741), Johannes Tauler (1300), Comtessa de Dia (1175), Julien Green (1900), and Sonia Rykiel (1930).