Famous Ancient Roman Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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 1 Saint Peter

Saint Peter
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0001 AD
Birthplace: Bethsaida, Gaulanitis, Syria, Roman Empire
Died: 0068 AD

One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, Saint Peter played a key role in the formation of Christianity as one of the earliest leaders of the early Church. Considered to be the first Pope by Catholics, Saint Peter appears frequently in influential texts, such as the New Testament. Over the years, Saint Peter has been an important subject of paintings.

 2 St. Augustine

St. Augustine
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: November 13, 0354
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria)
Died: August 28, 0430

Saint Augustine was a philosopher, theologian, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Roman North Africa. His writings are often credited with influencing the growth of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He is also regarded as one of the Latin Church's most important Church Fathers in the Patristic Period. Among his many important works are Confessions and On Christian Doctrine.

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 3 Jude the Apostle

Jude the Apostle
Famous As: Apostle
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel

 4 Saint Christopher

Saint Christopher
Famous As: Patron Saint of Travellers
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Canaan
Died: 0251 AD

Saint Christopher is often regarded by the Christians as the patron saint of travelers. He is venerated as a martyr killed during the reign of the Roman Emperor Decius. Over the years, the legend associated with Saint Christopher has been mentioned in several works of art, including literature, music, paintings, and films.

 5 Miriam

Famous As: Moses' sister
Birthdate: 0000 BC

 6 Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch
Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: May 15, 0035
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Syria (Roman province), Roman Empire
Died: July 6, 0108

Ignatius of Antioch went down in history as a man who was arrested and executed for his non-allegiance to Roman gods. The seven letters he wrote while being escorted from Antioch to Rome as a prisoner later served as a mirror that reflected his concern for Christianity, against false teachings.

 7 Irenaeus

Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: Smyrna
Died: 0202 AD

Greek bishop Irenaeus, now revered as a Catholic saint, is remembered for his clashes with the Gnostics and his notable work Adversus haereses. Irenaeus apparently preached about the validity of the Jewish Bible, while the Gnostics were against it. Legend has it that he had seen Polycarp of Smyrna.

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 8 Simon Magus

Simon Magus
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 0065 AD

 9 Charles Borromeo

Charles Borromeo
Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: October 2, 1538
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Castle of Arona, Duchy of Milan
Died: November 3, 1584

 10 Saint Januarius

Saint Januarius
Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: April 21, 0272
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Benevento, Italy
Died: 0305 AD

 11 Pope Alexander I

Pope Alexander I
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: January 10, 0075
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Roman Empire
Died: 0115 AD

 12 Pope Zephyrinus

Pope Zephyrinus
Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Roman Empire
Died: December 20, 0217

 13 Germanus of Auxerre

Germanus of Auxerre
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0378 AD
Birthplace: Auxerre, Western Roman Empire
Died: July 31, 0448

 14 Norbert of Xanten

Norbert of Xanten
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 1075 AD
Birthplace: Cologne, Holy Roman Empire
Died: June 6, 1134

 15 Eutyches

Famous As: Abbot
Birthdate: 0380 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0456 AD

 16 Theodore of Tarsus

Theodore of Tarsus
Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: 0602 AD
Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey
Died: September 19, 0690

 17 Pope Anastasius III

Pope Anastasius III
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: May 31, 0913

 18 Asher ben Jehiel

Asher ben Jehiel
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 1250 AD
Birthplace: Rhine District, Germany
Died: October 24, 1327

 19 Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0460 AD
Birthplace: Thelepte, Tunisia
Died: January 1, 0533

 20 Flavian of Constantinople

Flavian of Constantinople
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: August 11, 0449

 21 Jeremias II of Constantinople

Jeremias II of Constantinople
Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1536 AD
Birthplace: Pomorie, Bulgaria
Died: September 4, 1595

 22 Antipope Ursicinus

Antipope Ursicinus
Famous As: Catholic priest
Birthdate: 0300 AD
Died: 0381 AD

 23 Gennadius of Constantinople

Gennadius of Constantinople
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kallepia, Cyprus
Died: November 20, 0471

 24 John II, Bishop of Jerusalem

John II, Bishop of Jerusalem
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0356 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine
Died: January 10, 0417

 25 Gregory II Cyprius

Gregory II Cyprius
Famous As: Ecumenical Patriarch
Birthdate: 1241 AD
Birthplace: Lapithos, Cyprus
Died: 1290 AD

 26 Eusebius of Dorylaeum

Eusebius of Dorylaeum
Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine

 27 Perpetua

Famous As: Martyr
Birthdate: 0182 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0203 AD

 28 Anthony Melissa

Anthony Melissa
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 1000 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine Empire