Diagoras of Melos

450 BC - 450 BC

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Diagoras "the Atheist" of Melos (Greek: Διαγόρας ὁ Μήλιος) was a Greek poet and sophist of the 5th century BC. Throughout antiquity, he was regarded as an atheist, but very little is known for certain about what he actually believed. Anecdotes about his life indicate that he spoke out against ancient Greek religion. He allegedly chopped up a wooden statue of Heracles and used it to roast his lentils and revealed the secrets of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Diagoras of Melos has received more than 121,910 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Diagoras of Melos is the 1,377th most popular writer (up from 1,492nd in 2019), the 309th most popular biography from Greece (up from 323rd in 2019) and the 38th most popular Writer.

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Among writers, Diagoras of Melos ranks 1,377 out of 5,755Before him are Neil Gaiman, Widukind of Corvey, Alfonsina Storni, Zachris Topelius, James Patterson, and Boris Pahor. After him are Avienus, Marie Anne Lenormand, Rodolphe Töpffer, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Salawat Yulayev, and Kenji Miyazawa.

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Among people born in 450 BC, Diagoras of Melos ranks 11Before him are Malachi, Archidamus II, Nectanebo I, Amyntas III of Macedon, Pelopidas, and Theramenes. After him are Amyrtaeus, Ptolemy of Aloros, Artabanus of Persia, King An of Zhou, Amrapali, and Anuruddha. Among people deceased in 450 BC, Diagoras of Melos ranks 3Before him are Cimon and Alcmaeon of Croton. After him are Antiochus of Syracuse, Archelaus II of Macedon, and Pherecrates.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Diagoras of Melos ranks 309 out of 936Before him are Philip I of Macedon (-700), Agis III (-350), Menaechmus (-375), Alexios Komnenos (1106), Laonikos Chalkokondyles (1423), and Terpander (-712). After him are Leonidas of Rhodes (-200), Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta (1904), Paeonius (-500), Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus (-200), Campaspe (-400), and Cynisca (-430).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Diagoras of Melos ranks 38Before him are Ugo Foscolo (1778), Lycophron (-320), Naim Frashëri (1846), Cratinus (-500), Laonikos Chalkokondyles (1423), and Terpander (-712). After him are Nikephoros Bryennios the Younger (1062), Hellanicus of Lesbos (-490), Semonides of Amorgos (-650), Theophylact of Ohrid (1055), Acusilaus (-600), and Dexippus (210).