570 BC - 495 BC


Pythagoras of Samos (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, Western philosophy. 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 6,113,230 page views. His biography is available in 135 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 8th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Pythagoras ranks 8 out of 1,005Before him are Aristotle, Socrates, Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Immanuel Kant, and René Descartes. After him are Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, Augustine of Hippo, and Francis Bacon.

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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 5 out of 698Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Plato (-427), Aristotle (-384), and Socrates (-470). After him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Epicurus (-341), Sophocles (-497), Spartacus (-109), Pericles (-494), and El Greco (1541).


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

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