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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. W. K. C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gorgias has received more than 627,717 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Gorgias is the 61st most popular philosopher (up from 93rd in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from Greece (up from 40th 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 61 out of 1,081Before him are Plotinus, Henri Bergson, Anaxagoras, Herbert Spencer, Mikhail Bakunin, and Edmund Husserl. After him are Pliny the Elder, Ludwig Feuerbach, Peter Abelard, George Berkeley, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and Arius.

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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 35 out of 936Before him are Demosthenes (-384), Themistocles (-524), Leonidas I (-540), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), and Cleisthenes (-565). After him are Ptolemy I Soter (-367), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Solon (-638), Myron (-500), Polybius (-208), and Aristarchus of Samos (-311).


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