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Iamblichus (; Greek: Ἰάμβλιχος Iámblichos; Aramaic: 𐡉𐡌𐡋𐡊𐡅, Yamlīḵū; c. 245 – c. 325) was a Syrian neoplatonic philosopher of Arabic origin. He determined a direction later taken by neoplatonism. Iamblichus was also the biographer of the Greek mystic, philosopher, and mathematician Pythagoras. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Iamblichus has received more than 347,763 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Iamblichus is the 237th most popular philosopher (up from 240th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Syria (up from 20th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Syrian Philosopher.

Iamblichus is most famous for his work on theurgy, which is the practice of using rituals and prayers to channel divine power.

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Among philosophers, Iamblichus ranks 237 out of 1,081Before him are Gaston Bachelard, Pelagius, Benjamin Constant, Michael Psellos, Al-Jahiz, and Josef Breuer. After him are Shen Kuo, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Epimenides, Nikolai Berdyaev, Guy Debord, and François Fénelon.

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Among people born in 245, Iamblichus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 330, Iamblichus ranks 2Before him is Helena. After him are Tiridates III of Armenia and Flavia Julia Constantia.

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Among people born in Syria, Iamblichus ranks 19 out of 181Before him are Muawiya II (661), Marwan II (688), Imad ad-Din Zengi (1087), Al-Nawawi (1233), Julia Domna (160), and John Climacus (579). After him are Aemilius Papinianus (142), Al-Maʿarri (973), Ibn al-Nafis (1212), Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691), Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (1292), and Ananias of Damascus (100).


Among philosophers born in Syria, Iamblichus ranks 2Before him are John of Damascus (676). After him are Ibn al-Nafis (1212), Damascius (480), Numenius of Apamea (200), and Zaki al-Arsuzi (1899).