Melissus of Samos

470 BC - 430 BC

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Melissus of Samos (; Greek: Μέλισσος ὁ Σάμιος; fl. 5th century BC) was the third and last member of the ancient school of Eleatic philosophy, whose other members included Zeno and Parmenides. Little is known about his life, except that he was the commander of the Samian fleet in the Samian War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Melissus of Samos has received more than 73,095 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Melissus of Samos is the 211th most popular philosopher (up from 222nd in 2019), the 110th most popular biography from Greece (up from 116th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Melissus of Samos is most famous for his argument that if something is both finite and has an end, then it cannot be eternal.

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Among philosophers, Melissus of Samos ranks 211 out of 1,089. Before him are Ibn Tufail, Georgi Plekhanov, Bayazid Bastami, Benedetto Croce, Pelagius, and Muhammad Abduh. After him are Gabriel Marcel, Miguel de Unamuno, Swami Vivekananda, Paulo Freire, Bernard Bolzano, and Hasan al-Basri.

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Among people born in 470 BC, Melissus of Samos ranks 5Before him are Socrates, Aspasia, Mozi, and Philolaus. After him are Callicrates, Hippocrates of Chios, Achilles Painter, and Teres I. Among people deceased in 430 BC, Melissus of Samos ranks 3Before him are Phidias and Empedocles. After him are Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus and Archelaus.

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Among people born in Greece, Melissus of Samos ranks 110 out of 855. Before him are Mardonius (-600), Djemal Pasha (1872), Phaedrus (-20), Dionysius the Areopagite (100), Perseus of Macedon (-212), and Pope Eleutherius (171). After him are Philip V of Macedon (-238), Scopas (-395), Eleftherios Venizelos (1864), Hippias (-443), Ictinus (-500), and Diotima of Mantinea (-450).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Melissus of Samos ranks 16Before him are Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), Antisthenes (-445), Leucippus (-500), Isocrates (-436), and Clement of Alexandria (150). After him are Hippias (-443), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), Epimenides (-690), Cratylus (-500), and Apollodorus of Athens (-180).