Simon of Cyrene

100 BC - 100

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Simon of Cyrene (Hebrew: שמעון‎, Standard Hebrew Šimʿon, Tiberian Hebrew Šimʿôn; Greek: Σίμων Κυρηναῖος, Simōn Kyrēnaios) was the man compelled by the Romans to carry the cross of Jesus of Nazareth as Jesus was taken to his crucifixion, according to all three Synoptic Gospels:And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon of Cyrene has received more than 1,647,140 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Simon of Cyrene is the 1,017th most popular politician (up from 1,311th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Libya (up from 10th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Libyan Politician.

Simon of Cyrene is most famous for carrying Jesus' cross on the way to his crucifixion.

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Among politicians, Simon of Cyrene ranks 1,017 out of 19,576Before him are Dzhokhar Dudayev, Jerry Brown, Anton Drexler, Frederick III of Denmark, Jiang Qing, and Miloš Zeman. After him are Roderic, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, Manuel II of Portugal, Ivan V of Russia, Abdullah Gül, and Valdemar II of Denmark.

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Among people born in 100 BC, Simon of Cyrene ranks 10Before him are Bartholomew the Apostle, Saint Anne, Elizabeth, Lazarus of Bethany, Joachim, and Herodias. After him are Cornelius Nepos, Crixus, Andronicus of Rhodes, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, Cleopatra V of Egypt, and Gaius Octavius. Among people deceased in 100, Simon of Cyrene ranks 14Before him are Salome, Elizabeth, Zechariah, John the Evangelist, Caiaphas, and Herodias. After him are Zacchaeus, Dionysius the Areopagite, Thecla, Apollonius of Tyana, Barabbas, and Salome.

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Among people born in Libya, Simon of Cyrene ranks 8 out of 76Before him are Muammar Gaddafi (1942), Mark the Evangelist (10), Septimius Severus (145), Arius (256), Aristippus (-434), and Omar Mukhtar (1858). After him are Callimachus (-310), Idris of Libya (1889), Pope Victor I (100), Khalifa Haftar (1943), Carneades (-214), and Synesius (370).


Among politicians born in Libya, Simon of Cyrene ranks 3Before him are Muammar Gaddafi (1942), and Septimius Severus (145). After him are Idris of Libya (1889), Abdul Ati al-Obeidi (1939), Fayez al-Sarraj (1960), Pedubast I (-900), Baghdadi Mahmudi (1945), Ptolemy Apion (-101), Gaius Fulvius Plautianus (150), Mustafa Abdul Jalil (1952), and Aguila Saleh Issa (1944).