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436 BC - 338 BC

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Isocrates (; Ancient Greek: Ἰσοκράτης [isokrátɛ̂ːs]; 436–338 BC) was an ancient Greek rhetorician, one of the ten Attic orators. Among the most influential Greek rhetoricians of his time, Isocrates made many contributions to rhetoric and education through his teaching and written works. Greek rhetoric is commonly traced to Corax of Syracuse, who first formulated a set of rhetorical rules in the fifth century BC. His pupil Tisias was influential in the development of the rhetoric of the courtroom, and by some accounts was the teacher of Isocrates. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isocrates has received more than 422,622 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Isocrates is the 139th most popular philosopher, the 70th most popular biography from Greece (down from 68th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Isocrates is most famous for his orations, which were written speeches that he delivered to persuade his audience to take a certain course of action.

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Among philosophers, Isocrates ranks 139 out of 1,081Before him are Bonaventure, Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Baron d'Holbach, Wilhelm Dilthey, and John Rawls. After him are Zhu Xi, Edith Stein, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Clement of Alexandria, Simone Weil, and György Lukács.

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Among people born in 436 BC, Isocrates ranks 1After him is Artaxerxes II of Persia. Among people deceased in 338 BC, Isocrates ranks 1After him are Artaxerxes III, Shang Yang, Duke Xiao of Qin, and Archidamus III.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Isocrates ranks 70 out of 936Before him are Peleus (null), Vangelis (1943), Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), and Irene of Athens (752). After him are Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Nana Mouskouri (1934), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Clement of Alexandria (150), Lysippos (-390), and Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Isocrates ranks 14Before him are Plutarch (46), Gorgias (-483), Leucippus (-500), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), and Antisthenes (-445). After him are Clement of Alexandria (150), Hippias (-443), Melissus of Samos (-470), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), and Cratylus (-500).