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Porphyry of Gaza

347 - 420

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Saint Porphyrius (Latin: Porphyrius; Greek: Πορφύριος, Porphyrios; Slavonic: Порфирий, Porfiriy; c. 347–420) was bishop of Gaza from 395 to 420, known, from the account in his Life, for Christianizing the recalcitrant pagan city of Gaza, and demolishing its temples.Porphyrius of Gaza is known only from a vivid biography by Mark the Deacon and from a reference made by John II, Bishop of Jerusalem. The Vita Porphyrii appears to be a contemporary account of Porphyrius that chronicles in some detail the end of paganism in Gaza in the early fifth century. However, the text has been viewed by some in the 20th century as hagiography rather than history, and some elements of it are examples of the stereotyped fictional events characteristic of this literary form. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Porphyry of Gaza has received more than 56,191 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Porphyry of Gaza is the 1,854th most popular religious figure (down from 1,599th in 2019), the 566th most popular biography from Greece (down from 530th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Greek Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Porphyry of Gaza ranks 1,854 out of 2,238Before him are João Braz de Aviz, Euthymius of Tarnovo, Jarir ibn Atiyah, Clemente Micara, Carlo Caffarra, and Antony I of Constantinople. After him are David Koresh, Charondas, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, François-Jean de la Barre, Alfons Maria Stickler, and Domenico Bartolucci.

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Among people born in 347, Porphyry of Gaza ranks 2Before him is Paula of Rome. After him is Faustina. Among people deceased in 420, Porphyry of Gaza ranks 8Before him are Kālidāsa, Pelagius, Orosius, Sulpicius Severus, Eunapius, and Jeonji of Baekje. After him are Castinus and Shapur IV.

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Among people born in Greece, Porphyry of Gaza ranks 566 out of 936Before him are Machanidas (-254), Paul I of Constantinople (null), Eurycrates (null), Athanasios Diakos (1788), Alberto Savinio (1891), and Wehib Pasha (1877). After him are Ioannis Rallis (1878), George Averoff (1815), Agesipolis II (-400), Myrtis of Anthedon (-500), Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (1888), and Nikos Beloyannis (1915).


Among religious figures born in Greece, Porphyry of Gaza ranks 32Before him are Philotheus I of Constantinople (1300), Anastasios of Albania (1929), Isidore of Kiev (1385), Gregory III of Constantinople (1450), Nephon II of Constantinople (1450), and Paul I of Constantinople (null). After him are Megabates (-600), Gregory VII of Constantinople (1850), Christodoulos of Athens (1939), Abundius (null), John Zizioulas (1931), and Achaicus of Corinth (null).