570 BC - 495 BC

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Pythagoras of Samos (Ancient Greek: Πυθαγόρας ὁ Σάμιος, romanized: Pythagóras ho Sámios, lit. 'Pythagoras the Samian', or simply Πυθαγόρας; Πυθαγόρης in Ionian Greek; c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of Pythagoreanism. His political and religious teachings were well known in Magna Graecia and influenced the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, and, through them, the West in general. Knowledge of his life is clouded by legend, but he appears to have been the son of Mnesarchus, a gem-engraver on the island of Samos. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pythagoras has received more than 8,175,690 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 135 in 2019). Pythagoras is the 15th most popular philosopher (down from 8th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Greece (down from 5th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Pythagoras is most famous for the Pythagorean theorem, which states that in a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.

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Among philosophers, Pythagoras ranks 15 out of 1,089Before him are Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, Augustine of Hippo, John Locke, and Francis Bacon. After him are Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Montesquieu, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Hobbes, and Epicurus.

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Among people born in 570 BC, Pythagoras ranks 1After him are Xenophanes, Anacreon, Theognis of Megara, and Hystaspes. Among people deceased in 495 BC, Pythagoras ranks 1After him are Sun Tzu, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, and Hystaspes.

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Among people born in Greece, Pythagoras ranks 7 out of 855Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Aristotle (-384), Plato (-427), Socrates (-470), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), and Hippocrates (-460). After him are Spartacus (-109), Sophocles (-497), Epicurus (-341), Pericles (-494), Democritus (-460), and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Pythagoras ranks 4Before him are Aristotle (-384), Plato (-427), and Socrates (-470). After him are Epicurus (-341), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), Gorgias (-483), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), and Antisthenes (-445).