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Posidonius (; Greek: Ποσειδώνιος Poseidṓnios, "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. He was considered the most learned man of his time and, possibly, of the entire Stoic school. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Posidonius has received more than 316,807 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Posidonius is the 183rd most popular philosopher (up from 184th in 2019), the 138th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 156th in 2019) and the 12th 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 183 out of 1,081Before him are Solomon ibn Gabirol, José Ortega y Gasset, Pierre Gassendi, Max Horkheimer, Claude Adrien Helvétius, and Emmanuel Levinas. After him are Hippasus, Han Fei, Jakob Böhme, Muhammad Abduh, Sextus Empiricus, and Athanasius Kircher.

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Among people born in 135 BC, Posidonius ranks 2Before him is Gaius Julius Caesar. After him are 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 138 out of 1,301Before him are Mausolus (-410), Chrysippus (-281), Kayqubad I (1188), Samuel of Bulgaria (958), Simeon Stylites (389), and Zoë Porphyrogenita (978). After him are Leo VI the Wise (866), Justinian II (668), John I Tzimiskes (925), John VIII Palaiologos (1392), Fatma Sultan (1500), and Nikephoros II Phokas (912).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Posidonius ranks 12Before him are Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), and Chrysippus (-281). After him are Apollonius of Tyana (15), Proclus (412), Bias of Priene (-600), Michael Psellos (1018), Arcesilaus (-315), and Xenocrates (-396).