Pherecydes of Syros

580 BC - 520 BC

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Pherecydes of Syros (; Greek: Φερεκύδης ὁ Σύριος; fl. 6th century BC) was a Greek thinker from the island of Syros. Pherecydes authored a cosmogony, derived from three divine principles, Zas (Zeus), Cthonie (Earth) and Chronos (Time), known as the "Pentemychos" (Πεντέμυχος, "of the five recesses"; sometimes the alternative title "Heptamychos", "seven recesses" is given). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pherecydes of Syros has received more than 134,151 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Pherecydes of Syros is the 292nd most popular philosopher (up from 294th in 2019), the 166th most popular biography from Greece (down from 161st in 2019) and the 26th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Pherecydes of Syros is the first Greek philosopher to have written about the earth being round.

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Among philosophers, Pherecydes of Syros ranks 292 out of 1,089Before him are Ramana Maharshi, John Searle, Anne Sullivan, Alfred Tarski, Aśvaghoṣa, and Panaetius. After him are A. S. Neill, Félix Guattari, Uriel da Costa, Aenesidemus, Alcmaeon of Croton, and Giovanni Gentile.

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Among people born in 580 BC, Pherecydes of Syros ranks 1After him are Bardiya and Battus I of Cyrene. Among people deceased in 520 BC, Pherecydes of Syros ranks 2Before him is Chilon of Sparta. After him are Battus I of Cyrene and King Jing of Zhou.

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Among people born in Greece, Pherecydes of Syros ranks 166 out of 855Before him are Periander (-700), Cleomenes I (-600), Meton of Athens (-500), Antonia Minor (-36), Hippocrates of Chios (-470), and Panaetius (-185). After him are Athenagoras I of Constantinople (1886), Antigonus II Gonatas (-319), Aenesidemus (-80), Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark (1911), Helen of Greece and Denmark (1896), and Necho II (-625).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Pherecydes of Syros ranks 26Before him are Epimenides (-690), Cratylus (-500), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Speusippus (-407), Prodicus (-460), and Panaetius (-185). After him are Aenesidemus (-80), Andronicus of Rhodes (-100), Euclid of Megara (-435), Crates of Thebes (-365), Timon of Phlius (-320), and Cleobulus (-590).