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Pontius Pilate

12 BC - 38

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Pontius Pilate (Latin: Pontius Pilatus; Greek: Πόντιος Πιλᾶτος, Pontios Pilatos) was the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea, serving under Emperor Tiberius from 26/27 to 36/37 AD. He is best known for being the official who presided over the trial of Jesus and ultimately ordered his crucifixion. Pilate's importance in modern Christianity is underscored by his prominent place in both the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. Due to the Gospels' portrayal of Pilate as reluctant to execute Jesus, the Ethiopian Church believes that Pilate became a Christian and venerates him as both a martyr and a saint, a belief which is historically shared by the Coptic Church.Although Pilate is the best-attested governor of Judaea, few sources regarding his rule have survived. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pontius Pilate has received more than 6,493,636 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Pontius Pilate is the 102nd most popular politician (down from 61st in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Italy (down from 30th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Politician.

Pontius Pilate is most famous for being the Roman governor of Judea who sentenced Jesus to death.

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Among politicians, Pontius Pilate ranks 102 out of 15,577Before him are Murad IV, Uthman, Mary, Queen of Scots, Theodosius I, Kim Il-sung, and Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Mehmed III, Philip IV of France, Hadrian, Mary II of England, Herod the Great, and Hermann Göring.

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Among people born in 12 BC, Pontius Pilate ranks 1After him are Cassius Chaerea and Agrippa Postumus. Among people deceased in 38, Pontius Pilate ranks 1After him are Julia Drusilla, Tiberius Gemellus, Naevius Sutorius Macro, Artabanus II of Parthia, and Pythodorida of Pontus.

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Among people born in Italy, Pontius Pilate ranks 37 out of 4,668Before him are Florence Nightingale (1820), Niccolò Paganini (1782), Parmenides (-501), Horace (-65), Giacomo Puccini (1858), and Titian (1488). After him are Donatello (1386), Tiberius (-42), Saint Lucy (283), Maria Montessori (1870), Pope John Paul I (1912), and Pope John XXIII (1881).


Among politicians born in Italy, Pontius Pilate ranks 9Before him are Benito Mussolini (1883), Cicero (-106), Commodus (161), Nero (37), Marcus Aurelius (121), and Caligula (12). After him are Tiberius (-42), Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Mark Antony (-83), Vespasian (9), Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (1194), and Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115).