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With 341 biographies, Historians are the 37th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Chess Players, Hockey Players, and Inventors.

Pantheon has 341 people classified as historians born between 550 BC and 1982. Of these 341, 56 (16.42%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living historians include Jared Diamond, Carlo Ginzburg, and Yuval Noah Harari. The most famous deceased historians include Herodotus, Ibn Khaldun, and Thucydides. As of October 2020, 48 new historians have been added to Pantheon including Movses Khorenatsi, Zeev Sternhell, and Otto von Gierke.

Living Historians

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Deceased Historians

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Newly Added Historians (2020)

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Most historians were born in United Kingdom (49), Germany (44), and France (40). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (8), Istanbul (8), and London (7).The most common death places of historians were Germany (38), United Kingdom (37), and United States (35). By city, these were Paris (17), London (10), and Berlin (9).

The earliest biographies classified as historians in Pantheon are Thucydides, Herodotus, and Hecataeus of Miletus.  The concentration of historians was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier historians are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Historians were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Historians since 1700.

Historians are found within the Humanities domain which also includes Writers, Philosophers, Linguists, Journalists, and Critics.