Pontius Pilate

12 BC - 38

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Pontius Pilate (Latin: Pontius Pilatus [ˈpɔntɪ.ʊs piːˈlaːtʊs]; Greek: Πόντιος Πιλᾶτος, Póntios Pilátos) was the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea, serving under Emperor Tiberius from the year 26/27 to 36/37 AD. He is best known for being the official who presided over the trial of Jesus and later 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 a martyr and saint, a belief historically shared by the Coptic Church.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 5,797,158 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Pontius Pilate is the 61st most popular politician (up from 70th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Italy 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 61 out of 15,710Before him are Akhenaten, Saddam Hussein, Franz Joseph I of Austria, Mary, Queen of Scots, Nicholas II of Russia, and Diocletian. After him are Hurrem Sultan, Benjamin Franklin, Kim Il-sung, Nebuchadnezzar II, Lorenzo de' Medici, and Francisco Franco.

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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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Among people born in Italy, Pontius Pilate ranks 30 out of 4,088Before him are Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Caligula (12), Ovid (-43), and Sandro Botticelli (1445). After him are Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Horace (-65), Alessandro Volta (1745), Donatello (1386), Niccolò Paganini (1782), and Ennio Morricone (1928).


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 Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Tiberius (-42), Mark Antony (-83), Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Vespasian (9), and Brutus the Younger (-85).