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Phaedo of Elis

401 BC - 400 BC

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Phaedo of Elis (; also Phaedon; Greek: Φαίδων ὁ Ἠλεῖος, gen.: Φαίδωνος; fl. 4th century BCE) was a Greek philosopher. A native of Elis, he was captured in war as a boy and sold into slavery. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phaedo of Elis has received more than 105,502 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Phaedo of Elis is the 460th most popular philosopher (down from 456th in 2019), the 275th most popular biography from Greece (down from 267th in 2019) and the 36th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Phaedo is most famous for the dialogue in which Socrates discusses the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

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Among philosophers, Phaedo of Elis ranks 460 out of 1,081Before him are Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Henry Suso, Ibn al-Rawandi, Petrus Ramus, Abul A'la Maududi, and Ernst Troeltsch. After him are Norberto Bobbio, Adam Ferguson, Willard Van Orman Quine, Nelson Goodman, Pierre Duhem, and Dhul-Nun al-Misri.

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Among people born in 401 BC, Phaedo of Elis ranks 4Before him are Lysander, Sun Bin, and Conon. After him is Clearchus of Sparta. Among people deceased in 400 BC, Phaedo of Elis ranks 11Before him are Ctesias, Teos of Egypt, Eubulides, Leochares, Parysatis, and Alcamenes. After him are Thaïs, Perictione, Oxyartes, Artakama, Cebes, and Cephisodotus the Elder.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Phaedo of Elis ranks 275 out of 936Before him are Callias II (-515), Conon (-401), Euphronios (-520), Yanni (1954), Andreas Palaiologos (1453), and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark (1903). After him are Andocides (-440), Pausanias of Sparta (null), Constantine Kanaris (1793), Stilpo (-359), Konstantinos Mitsotakis (1918), and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (1906).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Phaedo of Elis ranks 36Before him are Crates of Thebes (-365), Timon of Phlius (-320), Euclid of Megara (-435), Archelaus (-500), Cleobulus (-590), and Eudemus of Rhodes (-370). After him are Stilpo (-359), Plutarch of Athens (350), Nicos Poulantzas (1936), Anaxarchus (-380), Aeschines of Sphettus (-430), and Polemon (-400).