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Porphyry of Tyre (; Greek: Πορφύριος, Porphýrios; Arabic: فُرْفُورِيُوس, Furfūriyūs; c. 234 – c. 305 AD) was a Neoplatonic philosopher born in Tyre, Roman Phoenicia during Roman rule. He edited and published The Enneads, the only collection of the work of Plotinus, his teacher. His commentary on Euclid's Elements was used as a source by Pappus of Alexandria.He wrote original works in the Greek language on a wide variety of topics, ranging from music theory to Homer to vegetarianism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Porphyry has received more than 74,647 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Porphyry is the 172nd most popular philosopher (up from 174th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Lebanon and the most popular Lebanese Philosopher.

Porphyry is a type of igneous rock with a large percentage of crystals. It is most famous for being used in the construction of the Pantheon in Rome.

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Among philosophers, Porphyry ranks 172 out of 1,081Before him are Carl Schmitt, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Ricœur, and Chrysippus. After him are Max Scheler, Jean Buridan, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Karl Kautsky, Solomon ibn Gabirol, and José Ortega y Gasset.

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Among people born in 233, Porphyry ranks 1After him is Chen Shou. Among people deceased in 305, Porphyry ranks 3Before him are Catherine of Alexandria and Agnes of Rome. After him are Januarius and Saint Alban.

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In Lebanon

Among people born in Lebanon, Porphyry ranks 8 out of 138Before him are Dido (-879), Severus Alexander (208), Khalil Gibran (1883), Ahab (-900), Keanu Reeves (1964), and Ulpian (170). After him are Michel Aoun (1935), Pope Constantine (664), Charbel Makhlouf (1828), Pope Sisinnius (650), Fairuz (1935), and Christina of Bolsena (210).


Among philosophers born in Lebanon, Porphyry ranks 1After him are Zeno of Sidon (-150), Abd al-Rahman al-Awza'i (707), Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī (1547), Maximus of Tyre (200), and Antoun Saadeh (1904).