330 BC - 250 BC

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Euhemerus (; also spelled Euemeros or Evemerus; Ancient Greek: Εὐήμερος Euhēmeros, "happy; prosperous"; late fourth century BC) was a Greek mythographer at the court of Cassander, the king of Macedon. Euhemerus' birthplace is disputed, with Messina in Sicily as the most probable location, while others suggest Chios or Tegea.The philosophy attributed to and named for Euhemerus, euhemerism, holds that many mythological tales can be attributed to historical persons and events, the accounts of which have become altered and exaggerated over time. Euhemerus's work combined elements of fiction and political utopianism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Euhemerus has received more than 127,097 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Euhemerus is the 53rd most popular historian (down from 51st in 2019), the 857th most popular biography from Italy (down from 784th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Italian Historian.

Euhemerus was most famous for his theory that the gods were originally human beings.

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Among historians, Euhemerus ranks 53 out of 341Before him are Tzvetan Todorov, Callisthenes, Ali ibn al-Athir, Socrates of Constantinople, Marcus Velleius Paterculus, and Henri Pirenne. After him are John Skylitzes, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Heinrich Wölfflin, Johann Gustav Droysen, Libanius, and Justin.

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Among people born in 330 BC, Euhemerus ranks 2Before him is Cleanthes. After him is Zenodotus. Among people deceased in 250 BC, Euhemerus ranks 2Before him is Lü Buwei. After him are Hieronymus of Cardia, Nicomedes I of Bithynia, King Xiaowen of Qin, Gongsun Long, Ariobarzanes of Pontus, Herodas, Demetrius the Fair, Theodorus the Atheist, Hermarchus, and Lucius Cornelius Scipio.

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Among people born in Italy, Euhemerus ranks 857 out of 4,088Before him are Curzio Malaparte (1898), John of Capistrano (1386), Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies (1806), Maximilian Sforza (1493), Cesare Pavese (1908), and William I of Sicily (1126). After him are Baldassare Galuppi (1706), Giovanni Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia (1474), Francesco Totti (1976), Pope Leo VIII (900), François Gérard (1770), and Tiberius Claudius Nero (-85).


Among historians born in Italy, Euhemerus ranks 7Before him are Livy (-59), Suetonius (70), Diodorus Siculus (-90), Leonardo Bruni (1370), Poggio Bracciolini (1380), and Marcus Velleius Paterculus (-19). After him are Francesco Guicciardini (1483), Carlo Ginzburg (1939), Tyrannius Rufinus (345), Timaeus (-350), Andrea Alciato (1492), and Flavio Biondo (1388).