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Alcmaeon of Croton

510 BC - 450 BC

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Alcmaeon of Croton (; Greek: Ἀλκμαίων ὁ Κροτωνιάτης, Alkmaiōn, gen.: Ἀλκμαίωνος; fl. 5th century BC) was an early Greek medical writer and philosopher-scientist. He has been described as one of the most eminent natural philosophers and medical theorists of antiquity and he has also been referred to as "a thinker of considerable originality and one of the greatest philosophers, naturalists, and neuroscientists of all time." His work in biology has been described as remarkable, and his originality made him likely a pioneer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alcmaeon of Croton has received more than 141,721 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Alcmaeon of Croton is the 263rd most popular philosopher (up from 297th in 2019), the 718th most popular biography from Italy (up from 808th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Italian Philosopher.

Alcmaeon of Croton is most famous for his contributions to the medical field. He is credited with being the first person to describe a case of hemiplegia.

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Among philosophers, Alcmaeon of Croton ranks 263 out of 1,081Before him are Francisco Suárez, Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh of Saint Victor, Ernst Bloch, Carneades, and Nicole Oresme. After him are Arcesilaus, Otto Weininger, Roger Garaudy, Hans Jonas, Xenocrates, and Andronicus of Rhodes.

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Among people born in 510 BC, Alcmaeon of Croton ranks 2Before him is Cimon.  Among people deceased in 450 BC, Alcmaeon of Croton ranks 2Before him is Cimon. After him are Diagoras of Melos, Antiochus of Syracuse, Archelaus II of Macedon, and Pherecrates.

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Among people born in Italy, Alcmaeon of Croton ranks 718 out of 4,668Before him are Athalaric (516), Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France (1248), Pope Eusebius (250), Pope Vigilius (500), Antonio del Pollaiolo (1429), and Arrigo Sacchi (1946). After him are Pinturicchio (1454), Salvatore Quasimodo (1901), Giacinto Facchetti (1942), Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia (1759), Maria Goretti (1890), and Pope Alexander II (1010).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Alcmaeon of Croton ranks 22Before him are Cesare Beccaria (1738), Hippasus (-600), Marsilius of Padua (1275), Benedetto Croce (1866), Giorgio Agamben (1942), and Theano (-600). After him are Julius Evola (1898), Aristoxenus (-360), Giovanni Gentile (1875), Elena Cornaro Piscopia (1646), Pietro Pomponazzi (1462), and Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484).