Pontius Pilate

12 BC - 38

Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate (Latin: Pontius Pīlātus [ˈpɔntɪ.ʊs piːˈlaːtʊs]; Ancient Greek: Πόντιος Πιλάτος, Póntios Pilátos) was the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea, serving under Emperor Tiberius from 26/27 to 36/37 CE. He is best known today for being the official who presided over the trial of Jesus and 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 Coptic and Ethiopian Churches believe that Pilate became a Christian and have venerated him as a martyr and saint.Although Pilate is the best-attested governor of Judaea, few sources on his rule have survived. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pontius Pilate has received more than 4,529,618 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 71st most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Pontius Pilate ranks 70 out of 14,801Before him are Selim I, Kim Il-sung, Henry Kissinger, Ivan the Terrible, Richard I of England, and George Washington. After him are Mehmed the Conqueror, Benjamin Franklin, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Vladimir Putin, Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, and Napoleon III.

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Among people born in 12 BC, Pontius Pilate ranks 1After him are Cassius Chaerea, Agrippa Postumus, and Marcus Valerius Messala Barbatus. 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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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Pontius Pilate ranks 30 out of 3,282Before him are Ovid (-43), Marcus Aurelius (121), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Petrarch (1304), Sandro Botticelli (1445), and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313). After him are Horace (-65), Titian (1488), Niccolò Paganini (1782), Alessandro Volta (1745), Donatello (1386), and Lorenzo de' Medici (1449).


Among politicians born in Italy, Pontius Pilate ranks 9Before him are Benito Mussolini (1883), Cicero (-106), Nero (37), Commodus (161), Caligula (12), and Marcus Aurelius (121). After him are Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Tiberius (-42), Vespasian (9), Mark Antony (-83), Pompey (-106), and Brutus the Younger (-85).

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