120 BC - 43 BC

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Gaius Verres (c. 120–43 BC) was a Roman magistrate, notorious for his misgovernment of Sicily. His extortion of local farmers and plundering of temples led to his prosecution by Cicero, whose accusations were so devastating that his defence advocate could only recommend that Verres should leave the country. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Verres has received more than 111,934 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Verres is the 3,566th most popular politician (down from 3,547th in 2019), the 1,146th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,121st in 2019) and the 260th most popular Italian Politician.

The most famous thing that Verres is famous for is his mishandling of the Sicilian grain supply in the late 2nd century BC.

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Among politicians, Verres ranks 3,566 out of 15,710Before him are Amakusa Shirō, Adad-nirari II, Algirdas Brazauskas, Stefan the First-Crowned, Emperor Kanmu, and Enmebaragesi. After him are Venustiano Carranza, Albert III, Duke of Saxony, Omar Torrijos, Muhammadu Buhari, Timoleon, and Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal.

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Among people born in 120 BC, Verres ranks 3Before him are Berenice III of Egypt and Aurelia Cotta. After him are Asclepiades of Bithynia, Publius Servilius Vatia Isauricus, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Lucius Cornelius Sisenna. Among people deceased in 43 BC, Verres ranks 5Before him are Cicero, Atia, Antipater the Idumaean, and Quintus Tullius Cicero. After him are Aulus Hirtius, Publius Cornelius Dolabella, Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, Gaius Vibius Pansa Caetronianus, Quintus Pedius, Gaius Cassius Longinus Varus, and Servius Sulpicius Rufus.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Verres ranks 1,146 out of 4,088Before him are Quintus Fabius Pictor (-254), Elsa Morante (1912), Baldassare Peruzzi (1481), Beatrice d'Este (1475), Bartolus de Saxoferrato (1313), and Julia Drusilla (39). After him are Lella Lombardi (1941), Princess Carolina of Parma (1770), Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587), Elsa Schiaparelli (1890), Vito Volterra (1860), and Mario Del Monaco (1915).


Among politicians born in Italy, Verres ranks 260Before him are Bernabò Visconti (1323), Dion of Syracuse (-409), Gaius Terentius Varro (-300), Marcus Claudius Marcellus (-42), Margaret of Savoy, Vicereine of Portugal (1589), and Louis V, Duke of Bavaria (1315). After him are Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587), Domitia Lepida the Younger (0), Gelon (-600), Calpurnia (-77), Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma (1524), and Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa (1750).