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Priscillian (in Latin: Priscillianus; Gallaecia, c. 340 - Augusta Treverorum, Gallia Belgica, c. 385) was a wealthy nobleman of Roman Hispania who promoted a strict form of Christian asceticism. He became bishop of Ávila in 380. Certain practices of his followers (such as meeting at country villas instead of attending church) were denounced at the Council of Zaragoza in 380. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Priscillian has received more than 156,737 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Priscillian is the 823rd most popular religious figure (down from 771st in 2019), the 340th most popular biography from Spain (down from 305th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

Priscillian was a Spanish bishop who was executed for heresy in the 5th century.

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Among religious figures, Priscillian ranks 823 out of 2,272Before him are Cyril Lucaris, Bavo of Ghent, Wasil ibn Ata, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Franz Jägerstätter, and Antipas of Pergamum. After him are Bruno of Querfurt, Al-Bayhaqi, Angela of Foligno, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, and Paul of Samosata.

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Among people born in 340, Priscillian ranks 5Before him are Theodosius I, Ambrose, Pope Anastasius I, and Faxian. After him are Quintus Aurelius Symmachus and Arbogast. Among people deceased in 385, Priscillian ranks 1After him is Fu Jian.

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Among people born in Spain, Priscillian ranks 340 out of 2,595Before him are José Sanjurjo (1872), Xavi (1980), Juan de la Cosa (1460), Charles, Prince of Viana (1421), Joaquín Peiró (1936), and Rafael del Riego (1784). After him are Carmen Maura (1945), Rosalía de Castro (1837), Andrés Iniesta (1984), Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado (1643), Fernando Alonso (1981), and Hermenegild (564).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Priscillian ranks 23Before him are Eulalia of Mérida (290), Joan Enric Vives Sicília (1949), Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436), Raymond of Penyafort (1175), Isidore the Laborer (1080), and Antipope Clement VIII (1370). After him are Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado (1643), Hermenegild (564), Diego de Landa (1524), John of Ávila (1500), Peter of Alcantara (1499), and Junípero Serra (1713).