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Simon Magus

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Simon Magus (Greek Σίμων ὁ μάγος, Latin: Simon Magus), also known as Simon the Sorcerer or Simon the Magician, was a religious figure whose confrontation with Peter is recorded in Acts. The act of simony, or paying for position, is named after Simon who tried to buy his way into the power of the Apostles. According to Acts, Simon was a Samaritan magus or religious figure of the 1st century AD and a convert to Christianity, baptised by Philip the Evangelist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon Magus has received more than 1,134,540 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Simon Magus is the 473rd most popular religious figure (down from 438th in 2019).

Simon Magus is most famous for his attempt to buy the power of the Holy Spirit from Peter.

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Among religious figures, Simon Magus ranks 473 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Sisinnius, Luigi Lucheni, Saint Sarah, Gregory Palamas, Pope John VI, and Pope Pontian. After him are John Climacus, 13th Dalai Lama, Abbas ibn Ali, John Vianney, Saint Rosalia, and Saint Florian.

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Among people born in 50, Simon Magus ranks 8Before him are Epictetus, Juvenal, Zacchaeus, Apollodorus of Damascus, Simon bar Kokhba, and Salome. After him are Rabbi Akiva, Charaka, Osroes I, Gaius Calpurnius Piso, Saint Petronilla, and Pacorus II. Among people deceased in 65, Simon Magus ranks 4Before him are Seneca the Younger, Lucan, and Poppaea Sabina. After him are Gaius Calpurnius Piso and Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus.

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