436 BC - 338 BC

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Isocrates (; Ancient Greek: Ἰσοκράτης [isokrátɛ̂ːs]; 436–338 BC), an ancient Greek rhetorician, was 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 319,697 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Isocrates is the 139th most popular philosopher (down from 134th in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Greece (down from 56th 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 1,089Before him are Jiddu Krishnamurti, Emanuel Swedenborg, Leucippus, Edith Stein, Johann Friedrich Herbart, and György Lukács. After him are Clement of Alexandria, Baron d'Holbach, Wilhelm Dilthey, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Chanakya, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

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Among people born in 436 BC, Isocrates ranks 2Before 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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Among people born in Greece, Isocrates ranks 68 out of 855Before him are Epaminondas (-418), Leucippus (-500), Pope Dionysius (200), Peleus (null), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), and Mikis Theodorakis (1925). After him are Vangelis (1943), Clement of Alexandria (150), Nana Mouskouri (1934), Paul of Greece (1901), Lysippos (-390), and Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Isocrates ranks 14Before him are Protagoras (-486), Gorgias (-483), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), Antisthenes (-445), and Leucippus (-500). After him are Clement of Alexandria (150), Melissus of Samos (-470), Hippias (-443), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), and Epimenides (-690).