483 BC - 375 BC

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Gorgias (; Greek: Γοργίας; 483–375 BC) was an ancient Greek sophist, pre-Socratic philosopher, and rhetorician who was a native of Leontinoi in Sicily. Along with Protagoras, he forms the first generation of Sophists. Several doxographers report that he was a pupil of Empedocles, although he would only have been a few years younger. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gorgias has received more than 574,907 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Gorgias is the 93rd most popular philosopher (up from 109th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Greece (up from 46th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Gorgias is most famous for his "On Non-Existence" speech, in which he argues that nothing exists.

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Among philosophers, Gorgias ranks 93 out of 1,089Before him are Tertullian, Johann Gottfried Herder, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Friedrich Fröbel, John of Damascus, and Jacques Derrida. After him are Isidore of Seville, Athanasius of Alexandria, Al-Kindi, Zhuang Zhou, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Roland Barthes.

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Among people born in 483 BC, Gorgias ranks 1After him is Zisi. Among people deceased in 375 BC, Gorgias ranks 1

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Among people born in Greece, Gorgias ranks 40 out of 855Before him are Aristarchus of Samos (-311), Polybius (-208), Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), and Pindar (-517). After him are Polykleitos (-450), Solon (-638), Peisistratos (-600), Menander (-342), Theophrastus (-371), and Praxiteles (-395).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Gorgias ranks 9Before him are Socrates (-470), Pythagoras (-570), Epicurus (-341), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), and Protagoras (-486). After him are Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), Antisthenes (-445), Leucippus (-500), Isocrates (-436), and Clement of Alexandria (150).