Hegesias of Cyrene

400 BC - 300 BC

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Hegesias (Greek: Ἡγησίας; fl. 290 BC) of Cyrene was a Cyrenaic philosopher. He argued that eudaimonia (happiness) is impossible to achieve, and that the goal of life should be the avoidance of pain and sorrow. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hegesias of Cyrene has received more than 97,453 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Hegesias of Cyrene is the 538th most popular philosopher (up from 547th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Libya (down from 17th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Libyan Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Hegesias of Cyrene ranks 538 out of 1,089Before him are Henry Corbin, Luis de Molina, Ibn al-Rawandi, Gorakhnath, Louis Couturat, and Diogenes of Oenoanda. After him are Saul Kripke, Diogenes of Babylon, Manuel Chrysoloras, Dicaearchus, Metrodorus of Lampsacus, and Anaxarchus.

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Among people born in 400 BC, Hegesias of Cyrene ranks 25Before him are Campaspe, Zoilus, Dinocrates, Stateira I, Orestes of Macedon, and Drypetis. After him are Pausanias of Orestis, Eurydice of Egypt, Sosthenes of Macedon, Lais of Corinth, Gan De, and Nepherites II. Among people deceased in 300 BC, Hegesias of Cyrene ranks 9Before him are Aristoxenus, Berossus, Nearchus, Hipparchia of Maroneia, Eudemus of Rhodes, and Menaechmus. After him are Gaius Duilius, Eurydice of Egypt, Callippus, Appius Claudius Caudex, Mithridates II of Pontus, and Xanthippus of Carthage.

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Among people born in Libya, Hegesias of Cyrene ranks 19 out of 59Before him are Carneades (-214), Berenice II of Egypt (-267), Synesius (370), Lorenzo Bandini (1935), Theodorus of Cyrene (-465), and Rossana Podestà (1934). After him are Domitilla the Elder (50), Fayez al-Sarraj (1960), Abdurrahim El-Keib (1950), Claudio Gentile (1953), Arete of Cyrene (-400), and Pedubast I (-900).


Among philosophers born in Libya, Hegesias of Cyrene ranks 5Before him are Arius (256), Aristippus (-434), Carneades (-214), and Synesius (370). After him are Arete of Cyrene (-400), Anniceris (-400), Lucius Annaeus Cornutus (10), and Theodorus the Atheist (-340).