341 BC - 269 BC

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Epicurus (; Greek: Ἐπίκουρος Epikouros; 341–270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded Epicureanism, a highly influential school of philosophy. He was born on the Greek island of Samos to Athenian parents. Influenced by Democritus, Aristippus, Pyrrho, and possibly the Cynics, he turned against the Platonism of his day and established his own school, known as "the Garden", in Athens. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Epicurus has received more than 2,673,570 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 84 in 2019). Epicurus is the 21st most popular philosopher, the 10th most popular biography from Greece (down from 8th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Epicurus is most famous for his philosophy of hedonism, which is the idea that the greatest pleasure is the absence of pain. He also believed that the soul dies with the body, and that there is no afterlife.

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Among philosophers, Epicurus ranks 21 out of 1,089Before him are Pythagoras, Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Montesquieu, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Thomas Hobbes. After him are Heraclitus, Baruch Spinoza, Erasmus, Thales of Miletus, Seneca the Younger, and Friedrich Engels.

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Among people born in 341 BC, Epicurus ranks 1After him is Emperor Kōrei. Among people deceased in 269 BC, Epicurus ranks 1After him is Strato of Lampsacus.

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Among people born in Greece, Epicurus ranks 10 out of 855Before him are Socrates (-470), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Pythagoras (-570), Spartacus (-109), and Sophocles (-497). After him are Pericles (-494), Democritus (-460), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), El Greco (1541), Philip II of Macedon (-382), and Aristophanes (-448).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Epicurus ranks 5Before him are Aristotle (-384), Plato (-427), Socrates (-470), and Pythagoras (-570). After him are Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), Gorgias (-483), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), and Antisthenes (-445).