301 BC - 356 BC


Herostratus (Ancient Greek: Ἡρόστρατος) was a 4th-century BC Greek arsonist, who sought notoriety by destroying the second Temple of Artemis in Ephesus (on the outskirts of present-day Selçuk). His acts prompted the creation of a damnatio memoriae law forbidding anyone to mention his name, orally or in writing. The law was ultimately ineffective, as evidenced by mentions of his existence in modern works and parlance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herostratus has received more than 440,652 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular extremist.

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  • 47

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.40

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.69

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among extremists, Herostratus ranks 7 out of 182Before him are Jack the Ripper, Elizabeth Báthory, John Wilkes Booth, Charles Manson, Gavrilo Princip, and Osama bin Laden. After him are Gilles de Rais, Ted Bundy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Andrei Chikatilo, Ulrike Meinhof, and Ramón Mercader.

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Among people born in 301 BC, Herostratus ranks 1After him are Cleopatra Eurydice of Macedon, Eurydice II of Macedon, Brennus, Sisygambis, and Magas of Cyrene. Among people deceased in 356 BC, Herostratus ranks 1After him is Philistus.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Herostratus ranks 77 out of 901Before him are Theodosius II (401), Şehzade Bayezid (1525), Nestorius (381), Mustafa III (1717), Hatice Sultan (1496), and Valerian (200). After him are Honorius (384), Mahidevran (1500), Mustafa IV (1779), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Osman III (1699), and Constantine VII (905).

Among EXTREMISTS In Turkey

Among extremists born in Turkey, Herostratus ranks 1After him are Abdullah Öcalan (1949) and Mehmet Ali Ağca (1958).

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