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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; died CE 100) 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 1,338,756 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Simon of Cyrene is the 1,325th most popular politician (down from 778th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Libya (down from 7th in 2019) and the 4th 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 1,325 out of 15,577Before him are Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Frederick VII of Denmark, Huni, Beyhan Sultan, Constantine IV, and Asa of Judah. After him are Abijah of Judah, David II of Scotland, Ghazan, Jephthah, Lazar of Serbia, and Millard Fillmore.

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Among people born in 100 BC, Simon of Cyrene ranks 11Before him are Saint Anne, Elizabeth, Joachim, Crixus, Herodias, and Cornelius Nepos. After him are Cleopatra V of Egypt, Ambiorix, Gaius Octavius, Gamaliel, Andronicus of Rhodes, and Zebedee. Among people deceased in 100, Simon of Cyrene ranks 21Before him are Barabbas, Dionysius the Areopagite, Herodias, Thecla, Salome, and Apollonius of Tyana. After him are Saint Sarah, Anna the Prophetess, Ananias of Damascus, Nicodemus, Herod Agrippa II, and Pontius Pilate's wife.

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Among people born in Libya, Simon of Cyrene ranks 10 out of 64Before him are Arius (256), Septimius Severus (145), Aristippus (-434), Omar Mukhtar (1858), Callimachus (-310), and Idris of Libya (1889). After him are Pope Victor I (100), Carneades (-214), Khalifa Haftar (1943), Synesius (370), Berenice II of Egypt (-267), and Lorenzo Bandini (1935).


Among politicians born in Libya, Simon of Cyrene ranks 4Before him are Muammar Gaddafi (1942), Septimius Severus (145), and Idris of Libya (1889). After him are Fayez al-Sarraj (1960), Pedubast I (-900), Gaius Fulvius Plautianus (150), Ptolemy Apion (-101), Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (1972), Aguila Saleh Issa (1944), Baghdadi Mahmudi (1945), and Hodierna of Jerusalem (1110).