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Saint Barbara

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Saint Barbara (Ancient Greek: Ἁγία Βαρβάρα; Coptic: Ϯⲁⲅⲓⲁ Ⲃⲁⲣⲃⲁⲣⲁ; Church Slavonic: Великомученица Варва́ра Илиопольская; Arabic: القديسة الشهيدة بربارة), known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian Lebanese and Greek saint and martyr. Accounts place her in the 3rd century in Heliopolis Phoenicia, present-day Baalbek, Lebanon, and recent discovered texts in the Saida early church archives suggest her maternal grandmother is a descendant from Miye ou Miye village. There is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome's martyrology.Despite the legends detailing her story, the earliest references to her supposed 3rd-century life do not appear until the 7th century, and veneration of her was common, especially in the East, from the 9th century.Because of doubts about the historicity of her legend, she was removed from the General Roman Calendar in the 1969 revision, though not from the Catholic Church's list of saints.Saint Barbara is often portrayed with miniature chains and a tower. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saint Barbara has received more than 1,374,569 page views. Her biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Saint Barbara is the 27th most popular religious figure (up from 64th in 2019), the most popular biography from Lebanon and the most popular Lebanese Religious Figure.

Saint Barbara is most famous for being the patron saint of artillerymen, mathematicians, and miners.

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  • 81.68

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  • 55

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 15.22

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.01

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Saint Barbara ranks 27 out of 2,238Before her are Andrew the Apostle, Elijah, John Calvin, Ali, Abu Bakr, and Matthew the Apostle. After her are Samson, Martin of Tours, Jonah, Saint Stephen, John the Apostle, and Pope Benedict XVI.

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Among people born in 300, Saint Barbara ranks 1After her are Pope Sylvester I, Saint Sebastian, Saint Blaise, Pope Felix I, Pope Julius I, Pope Eutychian, Theodore of Amasea, Valerius Severus, Vincent of Saragossa, Macarius of Egypt, and Vātsyāyana. Among people deceased in 306, Saint Barbara ranks 1After her are Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Constantius Chlorus, Theodore of Amasea, and Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia.

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In Lebanon

Among people born in Lebanon, Saint Barbara ranks 1 out of 138After her are Dido (-879), Severus Alexander (208), Khalil Gibran (1883), Ahab (-900), Keanu Reeves (1964), Ulpian (170), Porphyry (233), Michel Aoun (1935), Pope Constantine (664), Charbel Makhlouf (1828), and Pope Sisinnius (650).


Among religious figures born in Lebanon, Saint Barbara ranks 1After her are Pope Constantine (664), Charbel Makhlouf (1828), Pope Sisinnius (650), Christina of Bolsena (210), Eusebius of Nicomedia (280), Rashid Rida (1865), Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir (1073), Frumentius (400), Pamphilus of Caesarea (240), Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (1940), and Nimatullah Kassab (1808).