Category:Simon of Cyrene (subject)
Simon of Cyrene was, according to Christian tradition, a passerby at the Crucifixion of Jesus who was complelled to carry his cross.
Simon of Cyrene is mentioned only in Christian sources. In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, he is introduced as a passerby who was compelled by the Romans to carry the cross of Jesus of Nazareth on the Way to Golgotha. Mark adds that "he was coming in from the country" (a detail reported also by Luke), and was "the father of Alexander and Rufus." The character is absent in the Gospel of John.
Although the episode involving Simon of Cyrene is not unlikely, the paucity of evidence makes any historical discourse on this character virtually impossible. More fortune has Simon of Cyrene known in fictional accounts.
Simon of Cyrene, in ancient sources
Mark 15:21 --  And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
Matthew 27:32 -- As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.
Luke 23:26 -- And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
Simon of Cyrene, in the performing arts
As in the Gospel narratives, Simon of Cyrene remains a marginal and obscure character in the performing arts. At the most, he offers the opportunity for a cameo to some famous actors, as William Boyd (1927), José Elías Moreno (1946, 1948), Sidney Poitier (1965), or Rudy Fernandez (1996). Only in the TV film That I May See (1951), Simon of Cyrene (featured by Raymond Burr) is among the protagonists of the story.
Pages in category "Simon of Cyrene (subject)"
The following 8 pages are in this category, out of 8 total.
- Simon the Cyrenian (1917 Torrence), play
- Simon of Cyrene (1923 Shastid), novel
- His Glorious Shame (1933 Black), novel
- Man van Ciréne (Man from Cyrene / 1958 Venter), novel
- Man from Cyrene = Man van Ciréne (1962 Venter), novel (English ed.)
- Simon (1976 Blessit), novel
- Simon the Crossbearer (1979 Cargas), children's novel
- The Weeping Chamber (1998 Brouwer), novel