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Philo of Alexandria (; Ancient Greek: Φίλω-ν, romanized: Phílōn; Hebrew: יְדִידְיָה, romanized: Yəḏīḏyāh; c. 20 BCE – c.  50 CE), also called Philō Judæus, was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, in the Roman province of Egypt. The only event in Philo's life that can be decisively dated is his representation of the Alexandrian Jews in a delegation to the Roman emperor Caligula in 40 CE following civil strife between the Jewish and Greek communities of Alexandria. Philo was a leading writer of the Hellenistic Jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philo has received more than 1,382,377 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Philo is the 126th most popular philosopher (down from 108th in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 40th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

Philo was a Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, Egypt during the 1st century CE. He is most famous for his allegorical interpretations of the Hebrew Bible.

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Among philosophers, Philo ranks 126 out of 1,267Before him are Tommaso Campanella, Mozi, Charles Fourier, John Venn, Ramon Llull, and Bonaventure. After him are Joseph Priestley, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Ernst Cassirer, Marsilio Ficino, Friedrich Fröbel, and Swami Vivekananda.

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Among people born in 15 BC, Philo ranks 2Before him is Germanicus. After him is Polemon II of Pontus. Among people deceased in 45, Philo ranks 1After him is Apion.

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Among people born in Egypt, Philo ranks 47 out of 642Before him are Ramesses I (-1300), Cyril of Alexandria (376), Ahmose I (-1560), Sneferu (-2700), Ramesses III (-1217), and Thutmose I (-1600). After him are Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator (-62), Farouk of Egypt (1920), Manetho (-201), Smenkhkare (-1400), Tiye (-1398), and Cleopatra I Syra (-204).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Philo ranks 4Before him are Origen (185), Plotinus (203), and Athanasius of Alexandria (295). After him are Sextus Empiricus (160), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Ammonius Saccas (175), Saadia Gaon (882), John Philoponus (490), Olympiodorus the Younger (495), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), and Valentinus (100).