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Democritus (; Greek: Δημόκριτος, Dēmókritos, meaning "chosen of the people"; c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was an Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher from Abdera, primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Democritus has received more than 3,138,302 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Democritus is the 21st most popular philosopher (up from 29th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Greece (up from 12th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Democritus is most famous for his atomic theory.

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Among philosophers, Democritus ranks 21 out of 1,081Before him are Augustine of Hippo, Thales of Miletus, Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Montesquieu, and Thomas Hobbes. After him are Arthur Schopenhauer, Epicurus, Seneca the Younger, Erasmus, Auguste Comte, and Friedrich Engels.

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Among people born in 460 BC, Democritus ranks 2Before him is Hippocrates. After him are Thucydides, Diogenes of Apollonia, Critias, Prodicus, and Verginia. Among people deceased in 360 BC, Democritus ranks 1After him are Agesilaus II, Atropates, Agnodice, Campaspe, Dinocrates, Aeschines of Sphettus, Artabazos II, Lais of Corinth, Polykleitos the Younger, Leontion, and Anniceris.

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Among people born in Greece, Democritus ranks 10 out of 936Before him are Socrates (-470), Homer (-800), Pythagoras (-570), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), and Sophocles (-497). After him are Epicurus (-341), Pericles (-494), Kösem Sultan (1590), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), Aeschylus (-525), and Spartacus (-109).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Democritus ranks 5Before him are Aristotle (-384), Plato (-427), Socrates (-470), and Pythagoras (-570). After him are Epicurus (-341), Protagoras (-486), Plutarch (46), Gorgias (-483), Leucippus (-500), Theophrastus (-371), and Pyrrho (-365).