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Damascius (; Greek: Δαμάσκιος, c. 458 – after 538), known as "the last of the Athenian Neoplatonists," was the last scholarch of the neoplatonic Athenian school. He was one of the neoplatonic philosophers who left Athens after laws confirmed by emperor Justinian I forced the closure of the Athenian school in c. 529 AD. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Damascius has received more than 165,268 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Damascius is the 433rd most popular philosopher (up from 440th in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from Syria (down from 47th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Syrian Philosopher.

Damascius was a philosopher who was the last of the pagan philosophers in ancient Greece. He was most famous for his work on the Platonic dialogues.

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Among philosophers, Damascius ranks 433 out of 1,081Before him are Richard Avenarius, Franciscus Patricius, Emmanuel Mounier, Ge Hong, Michel de Certeau, and Étienne Gilson. After him are Eudemus of Rhodes, Hunayn ibn Ishaq, Adolf von Harnack, Hans Reichenbach, Francisco Ferrer, and Pavel Florensky.

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Among people born in 480, Damascius ranks 7Before him are Benedict of Nursia, Boethius, Gelimer, Pope Felix IV, Scholastica, and Theodahad. After him are Dignāga, Mark of Cornwall, Eutocius of Ascalon, and Maelgwn Gwynedd. Among people deceased in 550, Damascius ranks 3Before him are Aryabhata and Cosmas Indicopleustes. After him is Buddhapālita.

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Among people born in Syria, Damascius ranks 52 out of 181Before him are Al-Adil I (1145), Abu'l-Fida (1273), Andrew of Crete (660), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), and Julia Avita Mamaea (180). After him are Levon Ter-Petrosyan (1945), Nizar Qabbani (1923), Hazael (-900), Amin al-Hafiz (1921), Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf (1526), and Tuman bay II (1474).


Among philosophers born in Syria, Damascius ranks 4Before him are John of Damascus (676), Iamblichus (245), and Ibn al-Nafis (1212). After him are Numenius of Apamea (200) and Zaki al-Arsuzi (1899).