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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 107,148 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Cratylus is the 230th most popular philosopher (up from 236th in 2019), the 132nd most popular biography from Greece (down from 126th in 2019) and the 20th 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 230 out of 1,081Before him are Paul Feyerabend, Giorgio Agamben, Milarepa, Bernard Bolzano, Bayazid Bastami, and Imre Lakatos. After him are Gaston Bachelard, Pelagius, Benjamin Constant, Michael Psellos, Al-Jahiz, and Josef Breuer.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Cratylus ranks 11Before him are Artaxerxes I of Persia, Ezra, Artemisia I of Caria, Brennus, Cyrus the Younger, and Ictinus. After him are Xerxes II of Persia, Pāṇini, Pleistarchus, Zeuxis, Ajatashatru, and Nicias.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Cratylus ranks 132 out of 936Before him are Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), Ictinus (-500), Hippias (-600), Philip V of Macedon (-238), and Ioannis Metaxas (1871). After him are Djemal Pasha (1872), Tyrtaeus (-700), Thespis (-600), Pope Eleutherius (171), Cleon (-450), and Costa-Gavras (1933).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Cratylus ranks 20Before him are Isocrates (-436), Clement of Alexandria (150), Hippias (-443), Melissus of Samos (-470), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), and Chilon of Sparta (-600). After him are Epimenides (-690), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Prodicus (-460), Andronicus of Rhodes (-100), Pherecydes of Syros (-580), and Panaetius (-185).