Philip Melanchthon

1497 - 1560

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Philip Melanchthon (born Philipp Schwartzerdt; 16 February 1497 – 19 April 1560) was a German Lutheran reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, an intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and influential designer of educational systems. He stands next to Luther and John Calvin as a reformer, theologian, and shaper of Protestantism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Melanchthon has received more than 590,209 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Philip Melanchthon is the 281st most popular religious figure (down from 263rd in 2019), the 173rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 192nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Religious Figure.

Philip Melanchthon was a German theologian and scholar. He is most famous for his work on the Augsburg Confession, which is a document that was written to define the beliefs of the Lutheran Church.

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Over the past year Philip Melanchthon has had the most page views in the with 104,603 views, followed by German (66,169), and French (16,237). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (274.85%), Malagasy (147.09%), and Ido (87.42%)


Among religious figures, Philip Melanchthon ranks 281 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Paschal I, Pope Gelasius I, Pope Adrian III, Pope Benedict I, Judas Maccabeus, and Brigham Young. After him are Saint Veronica, Vincent de Paul, Saint Patrick, Pope Cornelius, Pope John XII, and Zaynab bint Jahsh.

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Among people born in 1497, Philip Melanchthon ranks 2Before him is Hans Holbein the Younger. After him are Beyhan Sultan, Pedro de Valdivia, Emperor Go-Nara, Mōri Motonari, Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Francesco Canova da Milano, Jean Fernel, and Stephen Gardiner. Among people deceased in 1560, Philip Melanchthon ranks 3Before him are Francis II of France, and Gustav I of Sweden. After him are Andrea Doria, Mary of Guise, Anastasia Romanovna, Bartolommeo Bandinelli, Imagawa Yoshimoto, Joachim du Bellay, Stańczyk, Jan Mandijn, and Melchor Cano.

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Among people born in Germany, Philip Melanchthon ranks 173 out of 7,253Before him are Alois Alzheimer (1864), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Georg Simmel (1858), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), and Hans Holbein the Younger (1497). After him are Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia (1361), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714), Alexander Van der Bellen (1944), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Olaf Scholz (1958), and Walter Model (1891).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Philip Melanchthon ranks 8Before him are Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Ambrose (340), Albertus Magnus (1206), Pope Joan (null), and Pope Damasus II (1000). After him are Pope Clement II (1005), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Pope Victor II (1018), Rabanus Maurus (780), and Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774).