610 BC - 546 BC

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Anaximander (; Greek: Ἀναξίμανδρος Anaximandros; c. 610 – c. 546 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who lived in Miletus, a city of Ionia (in modern-day Turkey). He belonged to the Milesian school and learned the teachings of his master Thales. He succeeded Thales and became the second master of that school where he counted Anaximenes and, arguably, Pythagoras amongst his pupils.Little of his life and work is known today. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anaximander has received more than 1,662,065 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Anaximander is the 58th most popular philosopher (up from 59th in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 37th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Anaximander is most famous for being the first person to propose that the earth was round.

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Among philosophers, Anaximander ranks 58 out of 1,089Before him are Zeno of Elea, John Amos Comenius, Mikhail Bakunin, Lucretius, Empedocles, and Pliny the Elder. After him are Peter Abelard, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, George Berkeley, Ludwig Feuerbach, Rudolf Steiner, and Arius.

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Among people born in 610 BC, Anaximander ranks 1 Among people deceased in 546 BC, Anaximander ranks 2Before him is Thales of Miletus. After him is Croesus.

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Among people born in Turkey, Anaximander ranks 35 out of 1,128Before him are Mehmed IV (1642), Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire (1615), Luke the Evangelist (31), Heraclius (575), Osman II (1604), and John Chrysostom (349). After him are Margaret the Virgin (292), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (1954), Suleiman II (1642), Basil of Caesarea (329), Mahmud II (1785), and Mehmed I (1386).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Anaximander ranks 4Before him are Heraclitus (-535), Thales of Miletus (-623), and Diogenes (-404). After him are Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), Posidonius (-135), and Anaximenes of Miletus (-585).