535 BC - 470 BC

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Heraclitus (; Greek: Ἡράκλειτος Herákleitos; fl. c. 500 BC) was an ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher from the city of Ephesus, which was then part of the Persian Empire. He exerts a wide influence on ancient and modern Western philosophy, including through the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, and Heidegger. Little is known of Heraclitus's life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heraclitus has received more than 4,080,615 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Heraclitus is the 14th most popular philosopher (up from 29th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Türkiye (up from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Philosopher.

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

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Among philosophers, Heraclitus ranks 14 out of 1,267Before him are Immanuel Kant, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Niccolò Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Augustine of Hippo. After him are Thales of Miletus, Francis Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

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

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Among people born in Türkiye, Heraclitus ranks 4 out of 1,347Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Paul the Apostle (5), and Herodotus (-484). After him are Thales of Miletus (-623), Saint Nicholas (270), Osman I (1254), Saint George (280), Selim II (1524), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Ahmed I (1590), and Galen (129).


Among philosophers born in Türkiye, Heraclitus ranks 1After him are Thales of Miletus (-623), Diogenes (-404), Anaximander (-610), Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Leucippus (-500), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), and Chrysippus (-281).