John of Damascus

676 - 749

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John of Damascus (Greek: Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός, romanized: Ioánnēs ho Damaskēnós, IPA: [ioˈanis o ðamasciˈnos]; Latin: Ioannes Damascenus; Arabic: يوحنا الدمشقي‎, romanized: Yūḥannā ad-Dimashqī), also known as John Damascene and as Chrysorrhoas (Χρυσορρόας, literally "streaming with gold"—i.e., "the golden speaker"), was a Christian monk, priest, and apologist. Born and raised in Damascus c. 675 or 676, he died at his monastery, Mar Saba, near Jerusalem on 4 December 749.A polymath whose fields of interest and contribution included law, theology, philosophy, and music, he is said by some sources to have served as a Chief Administrator to the Muslim caliph of Damascus before his ordination. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John of Damascus has received more than 517,293 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). John of Damascus is the 91st most popular philosopher (down from 88th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Syria (down from 1st in 2019) and the most popular Syrian Philosopher.

John of Damascus was a Christian monk who lived in the 8th century. He is most famous for his work, "On the Orthodox Faith."

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Among philosophers, John of Damascus ranks 91 out of 1,089. Before him are Carl von Clausewitz, Jean Bodin, Tertullian, Johann Gottfried Herder, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Friedrich Fröbel. After him are Jacques Derrida, Gorgias, Isidore of Seville, Athanasius of Alexandria, Al-Kindi, and Zhuang Zhou.

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Among people born in 676, John of Damascus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 749, John of Damascus ranks 1

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Among people born in Syria, John of Damascus ranks 3 out of 158. Before him are Elagabalus (203) and Hafez al-Assad (1930). After him are Zenobia (240), Yazid I (647), Philip the Arab (204), Abd al-Rahman I (731), Pope Anicetus (70), Bashar al-Assad (1965), Apollodorus of Damascus (50), Pope Gregory III (700), and John Climacus (579).


Among philosophers born in Syria, John of Damascus ranks 1After him are Iamblichus (245), Ibn al-Nafis (1212), Damascius (480), Numenius of Apamea (200), and Zaki al-Arsuzi (1899).