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690 BC - 600 BC

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Epimenides of Cnossos (or Epimenides of Crete) (; Greek: Ἐπιμενίδης) was a semi-mythical 7th or 6th century BC Greek seer and philosopher-poet, from Knossos or Phaistos. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Epimenides has received more than 247,068 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Epimenides is the 240th most popular philosopher (down from 230th in 2019), the 139th most popular biography from Greece (down from 123rd in 2019) and the 21st most popular Greek Philosopher.

Epimenides was a Cretan poet who is most famous for his paradoxical statement "All Cretans are liars."

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Among philosophers, Epimenides ranks 240 out of 1,081Before him are Michael Psellos, Al-Jahiz, Josef Breuer, Iamblichus, Shen Kuo, and Judah Loew ben Bezalel. After him are Nikolai Berdyaev, Guy Debord, François Fénelon, Apollodorus of Athens, Ivan Illich, and Thomas Carlyle.

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Among people born in 690 BC, Epimenides ranks 3Before him are Daniel and Cyrus I.  Among people deceased in 600 BC, Epimenides ranks 9Before him are Tomyris, Draco, Belshazzar, Habakkuk, Astyages, and Maya. After him are Theano, Anacharsis, Phalaris, Ibycus, Cleisthenes of Sicyon, and Sushruta.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Epimenides ranks 139 out of 936Before him are Djemal Pasha (1872), Tyrtaeus (-700), Thespis (-600), Pope Eleutherius (171), Cleon (-450), and Costa-Gavras (1933). After him are Parmenion (-400), Callicrates (-470), Saint Giles (640), Ephialtes of Trachis (-550), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), and Sophia Palaiologina (1455).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Epimenides ranks 21Before him are Clement of Alexandria (150), Hippias (-443), Melissus of Samos (-470), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), and Cratylus (-500). After him are Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Prodicus (-460), Andronicus of Rhodes (-100), Pherecydes of Syros (-580), Panaetius (-185), and Hipparchia of Maroneia (-350).