135 BC - 51 BC

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Posidonius (; Greek: Ποσειδώνιος, Poseidonios, meaning "of Poseidon") "of Apameia" (ὁ Ἀπαμεύς) or "of Rhodes" (ὁ Ῥόδιος) (c. 135 – c. 51 BC), was a Greek politician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, historian, mathematician, and teacher native to Apamea, Syria. After a period learning Stoic philosophy from Panaetius in Athens, he spent many years in travel and scientific researches in Spain, Africa, Italy, Gaul, Liguria, Sicily and on the eastern shores of the Adriatic. He settled as a teacher at Rhodes where his fame attracted numerous scholars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Posidonius has received more than 240,199 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Posidonius is the 184th most popular philosopher (down from 174th in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 137th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Posidonius was a Greek philosopher and astronomer who lived from 135 to 51 BC. He is most famous for his work on geography and astronomy.

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Among philosophers, Posidonius ranks 184 out of 1,089Before him are Max Stirner, Pierre Bayle, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Sextus Empiricus, Alcuin, and Han Fei. After him are John Venn, Karl Kautsky, Anaximenes of Miletus, José Ortega y Gasset, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Hans Kelsen.

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Among people born in 135 BC, Posidonius ranks 1After him are Gaius Julius Caesar, Lucius Cornelius Cinna, Antiochus IX Cyzicenus, Pompeius Strabo, Lucius Julius Caesar, and Quintus Caecilius Metellus Nepos. Among people deceased in 51 BC, Posidonius ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy XII Auletes. After him is Julia Minor.

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Among people born in Turkey, Posidonius ranks 156 out of 1,128Before him are Narses (478), Dionysius of Halicarnassus (-60), Mesrop Mashtots (361), Constantine IV (652), Al-Battani (858), and Nabonidus (-555). After him are Henri Fayol (1841), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Andronikos I Komnenos (1118), Maurice (539), Ammianus Marcellinus (330), and Clement of Ohrid (840).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Posidonius ranks 11Before him are Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), and Chrysippus (-281). After him are Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Proclus (412), Apollonius of Tyana (15), Michael Psellos (1018), Arcesilaus (-315), and Bias of Priene (-600).