Trier Personalities from 2025 Years

Trier’s history holds a wealth of personalities who have achieved great significance far beyond the region’s borders. Figures who have gained a place in world history have left a lasting impression through their stay in Trier or their particular reference to the city. Nine of these personalities competed in 2004 on the occasion of Trier’s 2020th birthday for the title of the “Greatest Trier Personality.” They are portrayed on the following pages.

Emperor Augustus

Augustus-Konterfei auf einer römischen Goldmünze.Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, was the "godfather" of the city, founded under the name "Augusta Treverorum".

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Constantine the Great

Konstantin der GroßeFrom Trier, Constantine ruled a domain much larger than the territory of modern European capital cities: His rule extended from Scotland to North Africa.

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Empress Helena

In der Ostkrypta des Doms befindet sich die von Bildhauer Theo Heiermann geschaffene Büste der heiligen Helena.Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, is considered one of the most important women not only in Trier but for all of Late Antiquity

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Simeon of Syracuse

Das Grabmal Simeons mit einer Plastik aus dem 18. Jahrhundert befindet sich heute in der gleichnamigen Pfarrkirche in Trier-West.In a solemn ceremony, Archbishop Poppo walled the Greek monk Simeon into a tiny cell in the east tower of the Porta Nigra.

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Balduin of Luxemburg

Die Statue auf dem 1897 errichteten Brunnen am Hauptbahnhof zählt zu den bekanntesten Darstellungen von Balduin.According to the general consensus of historians, Balduin of Luxembourg was the most important elector and archbishop in the history of the Trier archdiocese.

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Caspar Olevianus

Caspar Olevian auf einem Kupferstich eines unbekannten Künstlers (Mitte 17. Jahrhundert).His rousing oratory helped the young Calvinist, who stood under the protection of a faction of the Trier City Council, to a rapidly expanding host of followers.

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Friedrich Spee

Friedrich Spee, Foto: StadtbibliothekDuring the Thirty Years' War, the Jesuit Friedrich Spee was at odds with himself and God. Despite his continuing struggle, he felt the challenge to act.

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx im Jahr 1875.No other person influenced the history of the 19th and 20th centuries as did Karl Marx with this theories and writings.

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Oswald von Nell-Breuning

Oswald von Nell-Breuning (1890-1991)In his more than 100 years, the theologian and social scientist dedicated himself to untiring work for a just society.

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