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Epictetus (; Greek: Ἐπίκτητος, Epíktētos; c. 50 – c. 135 AD) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Epictetus has received more than 2,371,053 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Epictetus is the 72nd most popular philosopher (up from 77th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 45th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Epictetus is most famous for his teachings on Stoicism, which he learned from the teachings of the Greek philosopher, Zeno. He was born a slave, but was freed by his master, Epaphroditus. He taught philosophy in Rome and wrote many books on Stoicism.

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Among philosophers, Epictetus ranks 72 out of 1,081Before him are Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Arius, Antonio Gramsci, Karl Jaspers, Rudolf Steiner, and Ramakrishna. After him are William of Ockham, Xenophanes, Jürgen Habermas, Ibn Arabi, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, and Jeremy Bentham.

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Among people born in 50, Epictetus ranks 2Before him is Judas Iscariot. After him are Juvenal, Zacchaeus, Apollodorus of Damascus, Simon bar Kokhba, Salome, Simon Magus, Rabbi Akiva, Charaka, Osroes I, and Gaius Calpurnius Piso. Among people deceased in 135, Epictetus ranks 1After him are Simon bar Kokhba and Theon of Smyrna.

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Among people born in Turkey, Epictetus ranks 49 out of 1,301Before him are Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire (1615), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (1954), Şehzade Bayezid (1525), Mahmud II (1785), Ahmed II (1643), and Margaret the Virgin (292). After him are Mehmed V (1844), Hatice Sultan (1496), Xenophanes (-570), Croesus (-596), Ertuğrul (1198), and Julian (331).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Epictetus ranks 6Before him are Thales of Miletus (-623), Heraclitus (-535), Anaximander (-610), Diogenes (-404), and Anaxagoras (-500). After him are Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), and Posidonius (-135).