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Anania Shirakatsi

610 - 685

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Anania Shirakatsi (Old Armenian: Անանիա Շիրակացի, Anania Širakac’i, anglicized: Ananias of Shirak) was a 7th-century Armenian polymath and natural philosopher, author of extant works covering mathematics, astronomy, geography, chronology, and other fields. Little is known for certain of his life outside of his own writings, but he is considered the father of the exact and natural sciences in Armenia—the first Armenian mathematician, astronomer, and cosmographer.A part of the Armenian Hellenizing School and one of the few secular scholars in medieval Armenia, Anania was educated primarily by Tychicus, in Trebizond. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anania Shirakatsi has received more than 83,125 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Anania Shirakatsi is the 726th most popular philosopher (up from 812th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Armenia (up from 28th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Armenian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Anania Shirakatsi ranks 726 out of 1,081Before him are Jean Ziegler, Hermann von Keyserling, Peter John Olivi, Daisaku Ikeda, Jakob Lorber, and Pantaenus. After him are Alexander Zinoviev, Li Zhi, Jean Vanier, Wonhyo, Leontion, and Mario Bunge.

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Among people born in 610, Anania Shirakatsi ranks 8Before him are Safiyya bint Huyayy, Abdullah ibn Umar, Pope Donus, Egica, Grimoald, King of the Lombards, and Godepert. After him is Pulakeshin II. Among people deceased in 685, Anania Shirakatsi ranks 5Before him are Pope Benedict II, Marwan I, Constantine IV, and Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad. After him are Catald, Hlothhere of Kent, and Ecgfrith of Northumbria.

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Among people born in Armenia, Anania Shirakatsi ranks 25 out of 147Before him are Tigranes III (-100), Sebeos (700), Olga Chekhova (1897), Karekin II (1951), Arno Babajanian (1921), and Armen Dzhigarkhanyan (1935). After him are Nikol Pashinyan (1975), Alexander Arutiunian (1920), Silva Kaputikyan (1919), Frunzik Mkrtchyan (1930), Karen Demirchyan (1932), and Ashot II of Armenia (849).


Among philosophers born in Armenia, Anania Shirakatsi ranks 2Before him are George Gurdjieff (1866).