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Cratylus ( KRAT-il-əs; Ancient Greek: Κρατύλος, Kratylos) was an ancient Athenian philosopher from the mid-late 5th century BCE, known mostly through his portrayal in Plato's dialogue Cratylus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cratylus has received more than 88,171 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Cratylus is the 236th most popular philosopher (up from 238th in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from Greece (down from 124th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Greek Philosopher.

Cratylus is most famous for being Plato's most famous dialogue about the nature of language.

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Among philosophers, Cratylus ranks 236 out of 1,089Before him are Epimenides, William Godwin, Thomas Carlyle, Baltasar Gracián, Michael Psellos, and Ivan Illich. After him are Ernst Bloch, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Guy Debord, Iamblichus, Milarepa, and Nikolai Berdyaev.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Cratylus ranks 13Before him are Brennus, Ezra, Cyrus the Younger, Xerxes II of Persia, Sogdianus of Persia, and Ictinus. After him are Zeuxis, Pleistarchus, Brasidas, Nicias, Meton of Athens, and Pāṇini.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Cratylus ranks 126 out of 855Before him are Chilon of Sparta (-600), Arion (-700), Cleon (-450), Epimenides (-690), Thespis (-600), and Phryne (-371). After him are Callicrates (-470), Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620), Ioannis Metaxas (1871), Melina Mercouri (1920), Costa-Gavras (1933), and Pittacus of Mytilene (-650).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Cratylus ranks 21Before him are Clement of Alexandria (150), Melissus of Samos (-470), Hippias (-443), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), and Epimenides (-690). After him are Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Speusippus (-407), Prodicus (-460), Panaetius (-185), Pherecydes of Syros (-580), and Aenesidemus (-80).