Diagoras of Melos

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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 102,162 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Diagoras of Melos is the 1,492nd most popular writer (up from 1,593rd in 2019), the 323rd most popular biography from Greece (up from 331st in 2019) and the 40th most popular Greek Writer.

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Among writers, Diagoras of Melos ranks 1,492 out of 5,794Before him are Sławomir Mrożek, Elvira Madigan, Quintus Smyrnaeus, Seamus Heaney, Surdas, and Jane Jacobs. After him are Ibn al-Khatib, Samuel R. Delany, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Naim Frashëri, Juan Marsé, and Rafael Sabatini.

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Among people born in 450 BC, Diagoras of Melos ranks 12Before him are Amyntas III of Macedon, Archidamus II, Pelopidas, Nectanebo I, Theramenes, and Ptolemy of Aloros. After him are Amyrtaeus, Anuruddha, Artabanus of Persia, King An of Zhou, Thrasyllus, and Phormio.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Diagoras of Melos ranks 323 out of 855Before him are Brennus (-301), Nicholas Kabasilas (1322), Aratus of Sicyon (-271), Demosthenes (-412), Ion of Chios (-490), and Alexis Tsipras (1974). After him are Ageladas (-600), Naim Frashëri (1846), Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896), Archidamus III (-350), Anaxarchus (-380), and Antenor (-590).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Diagoras of Melos ranks 40Before him are Lycophron (-320), Laonikos Chalkokondyles (1423), Cratinus (-500), Terpander (-712), Eupolis (-446), and Ion of Chios (-490). After him are Naim Frashëri (1846), Acusilaus (-600), Albert Cohen (1895), Semonides of Amorgos (-650), Hellanicus of Lesbos (-490), and Nikephoros Bryennios the Younger (1062).