George , flourished 3rd century—died, traditionally Lydda , Palestine [now Lod, Israel]; feast day April 23 , early Christian martyr who during the Middle Ages became an ideal of martial valour and selflessness. His remains were taken to Lydda now Lod, Israel , the homeland of his mother, and were later transferred to the church that was built in his name there. Various relics reportedly are housed in both Western and Eastern churches worldwide. Legends about him as a warrior-saint, dating from the 6th century, became popular and increasingly extravagant. George was known in England by at least the 8th century. He was also adopted as protector of several other medieval powers, including Portugal , Genoa , and Venice.
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The largest group who self-identify as such are Antiochian Greek Christians , who are estimated to number between ,  —,  in Syria , ,  in Lebanon , , in Jordan ,  , in Israel and 50, in the State of Palestine. There are also Arab Christian communities of 10,  —,  in Egypt , as well as in Iraq and Turkey. Arab Christians have significantly influenced and contributed to the Arabic culture in many fields both historically and in modern times,  including literature ,  politics,  business,  philosophy ,  music, theatre and cinema,  medicine,  and science.
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