500 BC - 428 BC


Anaxagoras (; Greek: Ἀναξαγόρας, Anaxagoras, "lord of the assembly"; c. 510 – c. 428 BC) was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. Born in Clazomenae at a time when Asia Minor was under the control of the Persian Empire, Anaxagoras came to Athens. According to Diogenes Laërtius and Plutarch, in later life he was charged with impiety and went into exile in Lampsacus; the charges may have been political, owing to his association with Pericles, if they were not fabricated by later ancient biographers.Responding to the claims of Parmenides on the impossibility of change, Anaxagoras described the world as a mixture of primary imperishable ingredients, where material variation was never caused by an absolute presence of a particular ingredient, but rather by its relative preponderance over the other ingredients; in his words, "each one is... Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anaxagoras has received more than 591,046 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 78th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Anaxagoras ranks 76 out of 1,005Before him are Jürgen Habermas, Roger Bacon, Nicholas of Cusa, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Herbert Spencer, and Claude Lévi-Strauss. After him are Jeremy Bentham, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Walter Benjamin, Epictetus, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Zeno of Citium.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Anaxagoras ranks 2Before him is Myron. After him are Xanthippe, Artaxerxes I of Persia, Leucippus, Artemisia I of Caria, Xerxes II of Persia, Brennus, Sogdianus of Persia, Cyrus the Younger, Ictinus, and Ezra. Among people deceased in 428 BC, Anaxagoras ranks 1After him is Phormio.

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Among people born in Turkey, Anaxagoras ranks 48 out of 901Before him are Mehmed VI (1861), Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire (1615), Mihrimah Sultan (1522), Julian (331), Ahmed II (1643), and Orhan (1288). After him are Croesus (-596), Şehzade Mustafa (1515), Mehmed V (1844), Elagabalus (203), Epictetus (50), and Gregory of Nazianzus (329).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Anaxagoras ranks 6Before him are Heraclitus (-535), Thales of Miletus (-623), Diogenes (-404), Nasreddin (1208), and Anaximander (-610). After him are Epictetus (50), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Xenophanes (-570), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Posidonius (-135), and Chrysippus (-281).

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