List of Pagans
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- Hadrian (76–138), completed the Temple of Olympian Zeus and was noted for strengthening ties between the Roman and Greek pantheons.
- Decius, Made efforts toward increasing public piety. Required sacrifices on behalf of the emperor (himself) which led to execution for those who refused, mostly non-Pagans.
- Diocletian, Noted for his piety and conservative Pagan views. Engaged in severe persecutions and executions of Manicheans and Christians in an effort to maintain and support the Roman state religion.
- Galerius, Strong proponent of Roman Paganism. Thought to have been the primary driver behind the Diocletian persecutions of Manicheans and Christians in defense of Roman religion.
- Porphyry, Neo-platonist philosopher who argued strongly in favor of Roman Paganism as opposed to the rise of Christianity in his day. Also wrote many treatises on Roman Paganism and is attributed as the author of many more that are of more uncertain origin.
- Iamblichus of Chalcis, disciple of Porphyry
- Ammianus Marcellinus, 4th-century historian
- Maurus Servius Honoratus, 4th-century grammarian
- Julian (ruled 361–363), attempted to re-establish Roman paganism, initiating a "pagan revival" among a number of families of the Roman elite
- Alypius of Antioch
- Vettius Agorius Praetextatus (d.384)
- Virius Nicomachus Flavianus (334–394)
- Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c. 340–c. 402), Roman senator who attempted to have the altar of Altar of Victory restored
- Hypatia of Alexandria, killed in 415 by a Christian mob
- Nicomachus Flavianus (d. after 432)
- Eunapius, last Hierophant of Eleusis
- Martianus Capella, 5th-century author
- Proclus (d. 485), Neoplatonist philosopher
- Zosimus (5th century) Byzantine historian
- Damascius, "the last of the Neoplatonists", (ca. 480–died after 533)
- Gemistus Pletho (15th century) Byzantine philosopher
- Horapollo, (5th Century) Egyptian pagan writer
Historic Celtic pagans:
- Boudica (b. ca. 30 A.D–60 A.D) Celtic warrior queen of the Iceni tribe who fought against the Roman oppression of Britain.
- Niall of the Nine Hostages (d. ca. 405), according to legend kidnapped St. Patrick as a youth.
- Radagaisus (d. 406)
- Lóegaire mac Néill (fl. ca. 440s), according to Muirchu moccu Machtheni a "great, fierce, pagan emperor of the barbarians reigning in Tara."
- Lughaid mac Loeguire (d. ca. 507)
- Diarmait mac Cerbaill (d. 585), according to Irish tradition the last High King of Ireland to follow the pagan rituals of inauguration.
- Gwenc'hlan, legendary as the last Breton bard and druid.
Historic Germanic pagans:
- Athanaric (died 381), king of several branches of the Thervings for at least two decades in the fourth century.
- Gibuld (fl. ca. 470), king of the Alamanni who freed hostages on the request of Saint Severinus of Noricum.
- Penda of Mercia (d. 655), one of the last pagan Anglo-Saxon rulers of England.
- Arwald (d. 686), last pagan ruler of the Isle of Wight, or any Anglo-Saxon kingdom.
- Widukind (d. 808), pagan Saxon leader and the chief opponent of Charlemagne during the Saxon Wars.
- Sweyn Forkbeard (d. 1014), pagan king of Denmark.
- Palnetoke, legendary pagan foster-father of Sweyn's
- Blot-Sweyn, leader of the Swedish pagan renaissance in the 11th century
- Eric of Good Harvests (dead c. 1081), semi-historical successor to Blot-Sweyn, and the last pagan king in Scandinavia.
- Porga of Croatia (d. 660), last pagan ruler of the Principality of Dalmatian Croatia.
- Vlastimir of Serbia (d.851), last pagan ruler of the first Serbian principality.
- Presian I of Bulgaria (d. 852), last pagan ruler of the Bulgarian Empire.
- Sviatoslav I of Kiev (d. 972)
- Yaropolk I of Kiev (d. 980), last pagan ruler of the Kievan Rus
- Mstivoj (d. 995), leader of the Slavic revolt against Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor.
- Niklot (d. 1160), leader of the Obotrites.
Historic Baltic pagans:
- Algirdas (d. 1377), Lithuanian Grand Prince.
- Kęstutis, brother of Algirdas, killed 1382, for some time held title of Grand Prince of Lithuania after Algirdas death.
- Vytautas The Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania and son of Kęstutis, baptized with his cousin Jogaila in 1386.
- Jogaila, King of Poland, baptized in 1386 and got new name – Władysław II Jagiełło. Together with Vytautas they are the last pagan monarchs of Europe. He gave name to Jagiellon branch of Gediminids – one of largest dynasties in medieval Europe.
Germanic Neopagans include:
- Heinrich Himmler Second-in-command of the Third Reich and Reichsfuhrer of the Schutzstaffel. See Ideology of the SS for more information.
- Beinteinsson, Sveinbjörn, Íslenska Ásatrúarfélagið
- Christensen, Else, Odinist Fellowship
- Haukur Halldórsson, Íslenska Ásatrúarfélagið
- Heimgest, Odinic Rite
- Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Íslenska Ásatrúarfélagið
- Mills, Alexander Rud, Odinism
- McNallen, Stephen, Asatru Folk Assembly
- Paxson, Diana, science fiction author, editor of Idunna, the quarterly journal of The Troth
- Sprouse, Dylan, actor, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
- Vikernes, Varg, musician and writer.
- von Neményi, Géza, Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft
Further information: List of druids and neo-druids
- Bonewits, Isaac, author and scholar of several Druid and neopagan related books and articles
- Carr-Gomm, Philip, current head of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids.
- Hutton, Ronald, scholar of British history; professor at University of Bristol, and author of books on the history of Neopaganism.
- Pendragon, Arthur, leader of the Loyal Arthurian Warband, self-declared reincarnation of King Arthur.
- Nichols, Ross, founder of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids.
- Restall Orr, Emma, Druid priestess, author, founder of the Druid Network.
- Shallcrass, Philip, current head of the British Druid Order.
- Adler, Margot, author, journalist, Wiccan Priestess and Elder, National Public Radio correspondent in New York City
- Balk, Fairuza, actress; played in the movie The Craft
- Baudino, Gael, author, mostly fantasy (Dianic Wiccan)
- Beyerl, Paul, founder of The Rowan Tree Church
- Bone, Gavin, Wiccan author and lecturer
- Buckland, Raymond, author of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft and many others, and founder of Seax-Wica
- Budapest, Z., Pagan teacher writer etc. (Dianic Wicca)
- Cabot, Laurie, official witch of Salem, author of Power of the Witch and Love Magic
- Close, Del, considered one of the premier influences on modern improvisational theater
- Cunningham, Scott, late author of "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" and over 30 other titles on Wicca and other pagan religions.
- Dunwich, Gerina, author of Wicca Craft and other books on the details of spellwork
- Erna, Sully, lead singer of Godsmack
- Fallingstar, Cerridwen, author of The Heart of the Fire
- Farrar, Janet, author
- Farrar, Stewart, author
- Firefox, LaSara, author
- Frost, Gavin and Frost, Yvonne, founders of the Church and School of Wicca
- Galenorn, Yasmine, author of Embracing the Moon and Dancing the Sun
- Gardner, Gerald, founder of modern Wicca
- Grimassi, Raven, author on Stregheria and family witchcraft
- Horne, Fiona, author of Witch: A Personal Journey and other books on Wicca
- Lipp, Deborah, author of books on Wicca
- Mayhem, Monica, Australian author, singer, model, actress and retired pornographic actress
- McCollum, Patrick, Wiccan prison chaplain
- Modrzyk, Stanley, author of books on Wicca
- Penczak, Christopher, author of Gay Witchcraft and the Inner Temple series.
- Queen, Carol, author, editor, sociologist and sexologist
- Ravenwolf, Silver, controversial Wiccan author and contributor to the New Generation of Wicca and part of the Black Forest Clan.
- Sanders, Alex, founder of the Alexandrian tradition of Wicca.
- Sanders, Maxine, co-founder of the Alexandrian tradition
- Valiente, Doreen, author and contemporary of Gardner
- Curott, Phyllis, shamanic Wiccan. Founder of the tradition of Ara and author of the books: Book of Shadows, WitchCrafting, The Love Spell.
Various or unspecified
Unspecified Neopagans include:
- Bey, Hakim, author and anarchist
- Beth, Rae, author of Hedgewitch and noted tarot reader
- Otep Shamaya, lead singer of metal band, Otep.
- Carlton, Vanessa, American singer-songwriter and musician
- Boswell, Granny, notable Cornish witch
- Fox, Selena, one of the founders of Circle Sanctuary
- Alison Goldfrapp, British singer, Often uses Pagan themes in her music with the music duo Goldfrapp
- Green, Marian, author, founder of Quest Conference and journal, former editor of Pagan Dawn and former member of the Pagan Federation Council.
- Huson, Paul, author of Mastering Witchcraft, Mystical Origins of the Tarot, and many other titles.
- Kennealy-Morrison, Patricia – Celtic Pagan high priestess, rock critic, author of The Keltiad series of science fiction/fantasy novels, and Strange Days – My Life With and Without Jim Morrison
- Knight, Sharon, Celtic / Rock musician, songwriter, producer; front person of the Pagan Rock band Pandemonaeon; Feri initiate
- Leo Martello
- McLachlan, Sarah, Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter
- Orman, Kate, science fiction author
- Vējonis, Raimonds, president of Latvia
- Roache, William, English actor
- Walker, Alice, author, poet and activist
- Raymond, Eric Steven, programmer and author of The Hacker's Dictionary and How to Be a Hacker
- Starhawk, activist, anarchist and author of The Spiral Dance, Dreaming the Dark, Webs of Power, etc.; one of the original members of the Reclaiming Collective.
- Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Church of All Worlds
- Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, Church of All Worlds
- Ra Un Nefer Amen, Kemetism
- Paolo Rustichelli, composer (eclectic)
- Sopor Aeternus, Saturn, Jupiter worship