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Philostratus or Lucius Flavius Philostratus (; Greek: Φιλόστρατος Philostratos; c. 170s – 240s AD), called "the Athenian", was a Greek sophist of the Roman imperial period. His father was a minor sophist of the same name. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philostratus has received more than 248,638 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Philostratus is the 862nd most popular writer (up from 884th in 2019), the 205th most popular biography from Greece (up from 214th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Greek Writer.

Philostratus was a Greek sophist and author of the Life of Apollonius of Tyana, a biography of the Pythagorean philosopher Apollonius of Tyana, who is said to have lived from c. 15 – c. 100 AD.

Memorability Metrics

  • 250k

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  • 62.93

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  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.35

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  • 2.35

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Philostratus, Imagines
Philostratus the Elder, Imagines. Philostratus the Younger, Imagines. Callistratus, Descriptions. (Loeb Classical Library No. 256)
The lives of the sophists
Sophists (Greek philosophy)
Philostratus and Eunapius
The life of Apollonius of Tyana
Les images (The Renaissance and the gods)

Page views of Philostrati by language

Over the past year Philostratus has had the most page views in the with 32,391 views, followed by Spanish (8,359), and French (5,408). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (292.37%), Galician (99.67%), and Finnish (63.99%)


Among writers, Philostratus ranks 862 out of 7,302Before him are Jan Neruda, Ibn al-Jawzi, Ernesto Sabato, Iris Murdoch, John Fante, and Ambrose Bierce. After him are Peter Weiss, Frederick Forsyth, Aziz Nesin, Wilkie Collins, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Zeami Motokiyo.

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Among people born in 170, Philostratus ranks 3Before him are Ulpian, and Pupienus. After him are Guo Jia, Hippolytus of Rome, Herodian, and Pang De. Among people deceased in 250, Philostratus ranks 4Before him are Nagarjuna, Pope Fabian, and Denis. After him are Herodian, Cai Yan, Saint Mercurius, Aryadeva, Aristides Quintilianus, Censorinus, and Licinianus.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Philostratus ranks 205 out of 1,024Before him are Telamon (null), Bacchylides (-490), Calchas (null), Caranus of Macedon (-900), Prince George of Greece and Denmark (1869), and Gotse Delchev (1872). After him are Cleomenes III (-260), Stilpo (-359), Thessalonike of Macedon (-352), Andreas Papandreou (1919), Prokopis Pavlopoulos (1950), and Antiochus V Eupator (-173).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Philostratus ranks 25Before him are Agathias (536), Longus (110), Aelia Eudocia (401), Demetrius Vikelas (1835), Odysseas Elytis (1911), and Bacchylides (-490). After him are Lafcadio Hearn (1850), Aristarchus of Samothrace (-217), Corinna (-501), Jean Moréas (1856), Agathon (-448), and Lycophron (-320).