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Theophylact Simocatta

580 - 630

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Theophylact Simocatta (Byzantine Greek: Θεοφύλακτος Σιμοκάτ(τ)ης Theophýlaktos Simokát(t)ēs; Latin: Theophylactus Simocatta) was an early seventh-century Byzantine historiographer, arguably ranking as the last historian of Late Antiquity, writing in the time of Heraclius (c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theophylact Simocatta has received more than 76,620 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Theophylact Simocatta is the 66th most popular historian (down from 61st in 2019), the 157th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 140th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Egyptian Historian.

Theophylact Simocatta is most famous for his history of the Byzantine Empire from the reign of Maurice to the death of Heraclius in 641.

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Among historians, Theophylact Simocatta ranks 66 out of 339Before him are Quintus Curtius Rufus, Geoffrey of Villehardouin, Gaston Maspero, Heinrich Wölfflin, Henri Pirenne, and Bernard Lewis. After him are Al-Baladhuri, Nicolaus of Damascus, Johann Jakob Bachofen, Al-Dhahabi, Movses Khorenatsi, and Erich Auerbach.

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Among people born in 580, Theophylact Simocatta ranks 6Before him are Bilal ibn Rabah, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf, Maximus the Confessor, and Amr ibn al-As. After him are Wei Zheng, Abu Darda, Abd-Allah ibn Jahsh, Fabia Eudokia, and George of Pisidia. Among people deceased in 630, Theophylact Simocatta ranks 3Before him are Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad and Armah. After him are Ardashir III and Tong Yabghu Qaghan.

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Among people born in Egypt, Theophylact Simocatta ranks 157 out of 582Before him are Smendes (-1200), Dodi Fayed (1955), Adly Mansour (1945), Apries (-650), Arsinoe IV of Egypt (-68), and Mohamed Al-Fayed (1929). After him are Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Menelaus of Alexandria (70), Djedkare Isesi (-2500), Nawal El Saadawi (1931), Abbas II of Egypt (1874), and Nazli Sabri (1894).


Among historians born in Egypt, Theophylact Simocatta ranks 4Before him are Manetho (-201), Eric Hobsbawm (1917), and Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (1372). After him are Al-Maqrizi (1364), Yahya of Antioch (980), and Al-Nuwayri (1279).