John Philoponus

490 - 570

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John Philoponus (Greek: ; Ἰωάννης ὁ Φιλόπονος; c. 490 – c. 570), also known as John the Grammarian or John of Alexandria, was a Byzantine Greek philologist, Aristotelian commentator, Christian theologian and an author of a considerable number of philosophical treatises and theological works. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Philoponus has received more than 178,080 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). John Philoponus is the 422nd most popular philosopher (down from 413th in 2019), the 187th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 177th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

John Philoponus is most famous for his work on the Aristotelian theory of motion.

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Among philosophers, John Philoponus ranks 422 out of 1,089Before him are Lucilio Vanini, Archelaus, Eubulides, Francis Hutcheson, Norberto Bobbio, and Ernesto Laclau. After him are Günther Anders, Paul Natorp, Alan Watts, Michel de Certeau, Vittorino da Feltre, and Étienne Cabet.

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Among people born in 490, John Philoponus ranks 5Before him are Pope Agapetus I, Pope Silverius, Bumin Qaghan, and Simplicius of Cilicia. After him are Romanos the Melodist, John the Cappadocian, and Urien. Among people deceased in 570, John Philoponus ranks 2Before him is Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib. After him are Olympiodorus the Younger, Gildas, Aregund, and Waldrada.

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Among people born in Egypt, John Philoponus ranks 187 out of 520Before him are Senakhtenre Ahmose (-1600), Nawal El Saadawi (1931), Ahmed ‘Urabi (1841), Cosmas Indicopleustes (600), Intef III (-2050), and Al-Muazzam Turanshah (1250). After him are Amenhotep, son of Hapu (-1420), Thamphthis (-2600), Tetisheri (-1600), Sa'id of Egypt (1822), Fuad II of Egypt (1952), and Valentinus (100).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, John Philoponus ranks 9Before him are Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Philo (-15), Sextus Empiricus (160), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Ammonius Saccas (175), and Saadia Gaon (882). After him are Valentinus (100), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), Olympiodorus the Younger (495), Ammonius Hermiae (440), Julius Pollux (200), and Isaac Israeli ben Solomon (832).