470 BC - 399 BC


Socrates (; Ancient Greek: Σωκρᾰ́της Sōkrátēs [sɔːkrátɛːs]; c. 470 – 399 BC) was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought. An enigmatic figure, he made no writings, and is known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers writing after his lifetime, particularly his students Plato and Xenophon. Other sources include the contemporaneous Antisthenes, Aristippus, and Aeschines of Sphettos. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Socrates has received more than 10,401,559 page views. His biography is available in 174 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3rd most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Socrates ranks 3 out of 1,005Before him are Plato and Aristotle. After him are Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Pythagoras, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Niccolò Machiavelli.

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Among people born in 470 BC, Socrates ranks 1After him are Aspasia, Mozi, Philolaus, Callicrates, Melissus of Samos, Hippocrates of Chios, Achilles Painter, and Teres I. Among people deceased in 399 BC, Socrates ranks 1After him are Hippias, Archelaus I of Macedon, Thrasymachus, and Amyrtaeus.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Socrates ranks 4 out of 698Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Plato (-427), and Aristotle (-384). After him are Pythagoras (-570), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Epicurus (-341), Sophocles (-497), Spartacus (-109), Pericles (-494), and El Greco (1541).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Socrates ranks 3Before him are Plato (-427) and Aristotle (-384). After him are Pythagoras (-570), Epicurus (-341), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), Theophrastus (-371), Gorgias (-483), Antisthenes (-445), and Pyrrho (-365).

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