Anaximenes of Miletus

585 BC - 525 BC

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Anaximenes of Miletus (; Greek: Ἀναξιμένης ὁ Μιλήσιος; c. 586 – c. 526 BC) was an Ancient Greek, Ionian Pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), active in the latter half of the 6th century BC. The details of his life are obscure because none of his work has been preserved. Anaximenes' ideas are only known today because of comments about him made by later writers, such as Aristotle.As the last of the three philosophers of the Milesian School, considered the first philosophers of the Western world, Anaximenes is best known and identified as a younger friend or student of Anaximander, who was himself taught by the first philosopher Thales. Each developed a distinct cosmology without completely rejecting their predecessors views. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anaximenes of Miletus has received more than 411,924 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia. Anaximenes of Miletus is the 95th most popular philosopher (up from 187th in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 158th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Philosopher.

Anaximenes of Miletus is most famous for his theory that all things originate from air. He believed that the air is the original substance from which everything else is made.

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Among philosophers, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 95 out of 1,081Before him are Boethius, Leucippus, John of Damascus, Zeno of Citium, Tertullian, and Johann Gottfried Herder. After him are Walter Benjamin, Mencius, Zhuang Zhou, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Isidore of Seville, and Roland Barthes.

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Among people born in 585 BC, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 525 BC, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 1After him are Psamtik III and Anaxandridas II.

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Among people born in Turkey, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 68 out of 1,301Before him are Saint Blaise (300), Abdulmejid I (1823), Selim III (1761), Mahmud I (1696), Mithridates VI of Pontus (-132), and Aspasia (-470). After him are Hipparchus (-190), Rachel (-3500), Herostratus (-301), Osman III (1699), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), and Mustafa III (1717).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 9Before him are Anaximander (-610), Diogenes (-404), Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), and Gregory of Nazianzus (329). After him are Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), Posidonius (-135), Apollonius of Tyana (15), Proclus (412), and Bias of Priene (-600).