Alexander of Aphrodisias

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Alexander of Aphrodisias (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Ἀφροδισιεύς; fl. 200 AD) was a Peripatetic philosopher and the most celebrated of the Ancient Greek commentators on the writings of Aristotle. He was a native of Aphrodisias in Caria, and lived and taught in Athens at the beginning of the 3rd century, where he held a position as head of the Peripatetic school. He wrote many commentaries on the works of Aristotle, extant are those on the Prior Analytics, Topics, Meteorology, Sense and Sensibilia, and Metaphysics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander of Aphrodisias has received more than 112,057 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Alexander of Aphrodisias is the 316th most popular philosopher (up from 326th in 2019), the 291st most popular biography from Turkey (up from 297th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Alexander of Aphrodisias is most famous for his commentary on Aristotle's "On the Heavens."

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Among philosophers, Alexander of Aphrodisias ranks 316 out of 1,089Before him are David Strauss, Synesius, Sebastian Brant, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, and Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. After him are Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, Francisco Suárez, Thrasymachus, Euclid of Megara, and Vyasa.

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Among people born in 200, Alexander of Aphrodisias ranks 16Before him are Pope Stephen I, Celsus, Athenaeus, Marcus Claudius Tacitus, Wei Yan, and Artemidorus. After him are Claudius Aelianus, Zhang Jue, Xiahou Yuan, Gao Shun, Artabanus IV of Parthia, and Yu Jin. Among people deceased in 215, Alexander of Aphrodisias ranks 3Before him are Galen and Clement of Alexandria.

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Among people born in Turkey, Alexander of Aphrodisias ranks 291 out of 1,128Before him are Eudokia Makrembolitissa (1021), Said Nursî (1877), Chryseis (null), Theodoret (393), Cevdet Sunay (1899), and Attalus III (-170). After him are Theodore the Studite (759), Andranik (1865), Thrasymachus (-459), Papias of Hierapolis (70), Antiochus VII Sidetes (-159), and Evagrius Ponticus (345).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Alexander of Aphrodisias ranks 22Before him are Arcesilaus (-315), Bias of Priene (-600), Xenocrates (-396), Priscus (410), Gemistus Pletho (1355), and Cleanthes (-330). After him are Thrasymachus (-459), Heraclides Ponticus (-385), Strato of Lampsacus (-335), Gennadius Scholarius (1400), Nicephorus Gregoras (1295), and Archelaus (-500).