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Publius Sulpicius Quirinius (c. 51 BC – AD 21), also translated as Cyrenius, was a Roman aristocrat. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Quirinius has received more than 412,230 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Quirinius is the 2,745th most popular politician (down from 2,625th in 2019), the 926th most popular biography from Italy (down from 896th in 2019) and the 191st most popular Italian Politician.

Quirinius was a Roman general who was appointed governor of Syria by the Senate in 6 CE. He is most famous for his census of Judea and Samaria, which is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke.

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Among politicians, Quirinius ranks 2,745 out of 19,576Before him are Abu'l-Fida, Catherine of Braganza, Clovis IV, Emperor Yingzong of Song, Huneric, and William I of Württemberg. After him are Sandro Pertini, Empress Xiaoyichun, Milan Nedić, Tokugawa Iemitsu, Yevgeny Primakov, and César Gaviria.

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Among people born in 45 BC, Quirinius ranks 2Before him is Wang Mang. After him is Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus. Among people deceased in 21, Quirinius ranks 2Before him is Arminius.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Quirinius ranks 926 out of 5,161Before him are Silas (1), Sejanus (-20), Sebastiano Serlio (1475), Poggio Bracciolini (1380), Epicharmus of Kos (-524), and Antonio Tabucchi (1943). After him are Sandro Pertini (1896), Andrea Luchesi (1741), Natalia Ginzburg (1916), Carla Bruni (1967), Eleonora Gonzaga (1630), and Maximilian Sforza (1493).


Among politicians born in Italy, Quirinius ranks 191Before him are Giuseppe Guarneri (1698), Cola di Rienzo (1313), Robert I, Duke of Parma (1848), Dionysius II of Syracuse (-397), William I of Sicily (1126), and Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (-300). After him are Sandro Pertini (1896), Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans (1810), Servilia (-104), Nicola Amati (1596), Ambrogio Spinola, 1st Marquess of Balbases (1569), and Filippo Maria Visconti (1392).