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Anaxagoras (; Greek: Ἀναξαγόρας, Anaxagóras, "lord of the assembly"; c. 500 – c. 428 BC) was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anaxagoras has received more than 863,528 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Anaxagoras is the 57th most popular philosopher (up from 74th in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 44th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Anaxagoras was most famous for his theory that the sun is a red-hot stone, and that the moon is made of earth.

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Among philosophers, Anaxagoras ranks 57 out of 1,081Before him are Karl Popper, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Lucretius, Plotinus, and Henri Bergson. After him are Herbert Spencer, Mikhail Bakunin, Edmund Husserl, Gorgias, Pliny the Elder, and Ludwig Feuerbach.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Anaxagoras ranks 1After him are Myron, Leucippus, Xanthippe, Artaxerxes I of Persia, Ezra, Artemisia I of Caria, Brennus, Cyrus the Younger, Ictinus, Cratylus, and Xerxes II of Persia. Among people deceased in 428 BC, Anaxagoras ranks 1After him is Phormio.

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Among people born in Turkey, Anaxagoras ranks 36 out of 1,301Before him are Basil of Caesarea (329), Luke the Evangelist (31), Helena (250), Mimar Sinan (1490), Mehmed I (1386), and John Chrysostom (349). After him are Suleiman II (1642), Orhan (1288), Alp Arslan (1029), Heraclius (575), Mahidevran (1500), and Mehmed VI (1861).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Anaxagoras ranks 5Before him are Thales of Miletus (-623), Heraclitus (-535), Anaximander (-610), and Diogenes (-404). After him are Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), and Posidonius (-135).