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535 BC - 470 BC

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Heraclitus of Ephesus (; Greek: Ἡράκλειτος Herákleitos, "Glory of Hera"; fl. c. 500 BCE) was an ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher from the city of Ephesus, which was then part of the Persian Empire. Little is known of Heraclitus's life. He wrote a single work, only fragments of which have survived. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heraclitus has received more than 3,348,943 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Heraclitus is the 29th most popular philosopher (down from 22nd in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Heraclitus is most famous for the saying "you cannot step into the same river twice."

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Among philosophers, Heraclitus ranks 29 out of 1,081Before him are Epicurus, Seneca the Younger, Erasmus, Auguste Comte, Friedrich Engels, and Averroes. After him are Parmenides, Baruch Spinoza, Martin Heidegger, Anaximander, Al-Ghazali, and Diogenes.

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Among people born in 535 BC, Heraclitus ranks 1After him are Theron of Acragas and Phrynichus. Among people deceased in 470 BC, Heraclitus ranks 1After him are Parmenides and Euphronios.

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Among people born in Turkey, Heraclitus ranks 11 out of 1,301Before him are Saint Nicholas (270), Osman I (1254), Selim II (1524), Saint George (280), Ahmed I (1590), and Mehmed the Conqueror (1432). After him are Murad III (1546), Selim I (1470), Galen (129), Murad IV (1612), Anaximander (-610), and Diogenes (-404).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Heraclitus ranks 2Before him are Thales of Miletus (-623). After him are Anaximander (-610), Diogenes (-404), Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), and Posidonius (-135).