Roger II of Sicily

1095 - 1154

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Roger II (22 December 1095 – 26 February 1154) was King of Sicily and Africa, son of Roger I of Sicily and successor to his brother Simon. He began his rule as Count of Sicily in 1105, became Duke of Apulia and Calabria in 1127, then King of Sicily in 1130 and King of Africa in 1148. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roger II of Sicily has received more than 483,447 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Roger II of Sicily is the 864th most popular politician (down from 758th in 2019), the 385th most popular biography from Italy (down from 331st in 2019) and the 62nd most popular Italian Politician.

Roger II of Sicily is most famous for his construction of the Palace of Caserta and his introduction of the Arabic numeral system to Europe.

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Among politicians, Roger II of Sicily ranks 864 out of 15,710Before him are Casimir III the Great, Andronikos II Palaiologos, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Kara Mustafa Pasha, and Basil I. After him are Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Nikephoros I, Charles I of Hungary, Frederick VI of Denmark, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and Josiah.

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Among people born in 1095, Roger II of Sicily ranks 1After him are Stephen, King of England, Yuri Dolgorukiy, Suryavarman II, Antipope Victor IV, Amadeus III, Count of Savoy, Mesud I, Usama ibn Munqidh, William II, Duke of Apulia, and Conan III, Duke of Brittany. Among people deceased in 1154, Roger II of Sicily ranks 1After him are Stephen, King of England, Pope Anastasius IV, Adelaide of Maurienne, Iziaslav II of Kiev, Gilbert de la Porrée, William of Conches, Viacheslav I of Kiev, Isaac Komnenos, and Al-Zafir.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Roger II of Sicily ranks 385 out of 4,088Before him are Andrea del Sarto (1486), Pope Gregory IV (790), Pope Boniface IV (550), Cesare Beccaria (1738), Dino Zoff (1942), and Parmigianino (1503). After him are Pope Benedict III (810), Jacopo Peri (1561), Charles I of Hungary (1288), Pope Hormisdas (450), Pope Leo IV (790), and Clara Petacci (1912).


Among politicians born in Italy, Roger II of Sicily ranks 62Before him are Petronius Maximus (396), Cato the Younger (-95), Gordian III (225), Scipio Aemilianus (-185), Aldo Moro (1916), and Ancus Marcius (-675). After him are Charles I of Hungary (1288), Clara Petacci (1912), Lentulus Batiatus (-200), Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (1751), Pietro Badoglio (1871), and Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (-300).