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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 192,618 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). John Philoponus is the 379th most popular philosopher (up from 422nd in 2019), the 174th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 186th in 2019) and the 8th 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 379 out of 1,081Before him are Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, Gennadius Scholarius, Jean Gerson, Haji Bektash Veli, and Gershom Scholem. After him are Pierre d'Ailly, Cleobulus, George Santayana, Maurice Halbwachs, Abu Yusuf, and Julius Caesar Scaliger.

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Among people born in 490, John Philoponus ranks 6Before him are Pope Silverius, Bumin Qaghan, Pope Agapetus I, Romanos the Melodist, and Simplicius of Cilicia. After him are John the Lydian, John the Cappadocian, and Urien. Among people deceased in 570, John Philoponus ranks 2Before him is Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib. After him are Gildas, Olympiodorus the Younger, Aregund, and Waldrada.

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Among people born in Egypt, John Philoponus ranks 174 out of 582Before him are Hetepheres I (-2700), Intef II (-2150), Apepi (-1600), Bintanath (-1300), Cleopatra Selene of Syria (-130), and Taha Hussein (1889). After him are Hussein Kamel of Egypt (1853), Neferirkare Kakai (-2483), Saadia Gaon (882), Cleopatra Thea (-164), Al-Mutawakkil III (1500), and Antipope Dioscorus (500).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, John Philoponus ranks 8Before him are Plotinus (203), Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Philo (-15), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Sextus Empiricus (160), and Ammonius Saccas (175). After him are Saadia Gaon (882), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), Valentinus (100), Ammonius Hermiae (440), Olympiodorus the Younger (495), and Isaac Israeli ben Solomon (832).