Romanos the Melodist

490 - 556

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Romanos the Melodist (Greek: Ῥωμανὸς ὁ Μελωδός; late 5th-century — after 555) was a Byzantine hymnographer and composer, who is a central early figure in the history of Byzantine music. Called "the Pindar of rhythmic poetry", he flourished during the sixth century, though the earliest manuscripts of his works are dated centuries after this. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Romanos the Melodist has received more than 123,697 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Romanos the Melodist is the 682nd most popular religious figure (up from 892nd in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Syria (up from 51st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Religious Figure.

Romanos the Melodist is most famous for his hymn "In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth."

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Among religious figures, Romanos the Melodist ranks 682 out of 2,238Before him are Atiśa, Cornelius the Centurion, Athenagoras of Athens, Pope Adrian IV, Émile Benveniste, and Erasmus of Formia. After him are Johann Tetzel, Guru Gobind Singh, Paulo Miki, Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and Antipope Ursicinus.

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Among people born in 490, Romanos the Melodist ranks 4Before him are Pope Silverius, Bumin Qaghan, and Pope Agapetus I. After him are Simplicius of Cilicia, John Philoponus, John the Lydian, John the Cappadocian, and Urien. Among people deceased in 556, Romanos the Melodist ranks 1After him is Maximianus of Ravenna.

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Among people born in Syria, Romanos the Melodist ranks 31 out of 181Before him are Ananias of Damascus (100), Musa ibn Nusayr (640), Antiochus II Theos (-286), Avidius Cassius (130), Yazid II (687), and Émile Benveniste (1902). After him are Adunis (1930), Moustapha Akkad (1930), Heliodorus of Emesa (250), Julia Maesa (165), Odaenathus (220), and Yazid III (701).


Among religious figures born in Syria, Romanos the Melodist ranks 7Before him are Pope Anicetus (70), Pope Gregory III (700), John Climacus (579), Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (1292), Ananias of Damascus (100), and Émile Benveniste (1902). After him are Maron (301), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), Ibn Asakir (1105), Gregory III Laham (1933), and Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan (1934).