371 BC - 287 BC

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Theophrastus (; Greek: Θεόφραστος Theόphrastos; c. 371 – c. 287 BC), a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theophrastus has received more than 785,309 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Theophrastus is the 101st most popular philosopher, the 45th most popular biography from Greece (down from 44th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Theophrastus was a Greek philosopher and naturalist who is most famous for his book Enquiry into Plants, which was the first systematic study of plants.

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Among philosophers, Theophrastus ranks 101 out of 1,089Before him are Athanasius of Alexandria, Al-Kindi, Zhuang Zhou, Gregory of Nazianzus, Roland Barthes, and Philo. After him are Wilhelm von Humboldt, Meister Eckhart, Gilles Deleuze, Ibn Taymiyyah, Nagarjuna, and Bonaventure.

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Among people born in 371 BC, Theophrastus ranks 1After him are Phryne and Marcus Valerius Corvus. Among people deceased in 287 BC, Theophrastus ranks 1After him are Antipater II of Macedon and Phila.

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Among people born in Greece, Theophrastus ranks 45 out of 855Before him are Pindar (-517), Gorgias (-483), Polykleitos (-450), Solon (-638), Peisistratos (-600), and Menander (-342). After him are Praxiteles (-395), Draco (-650), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Miltiades (-540), Pope Sixtus II (215), and Pyrrho (-365).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Theophrastus ranks 10Before him are Pythagoras (-570), Epicurus (-341), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), and Gorgias (-483). After him are Pyrrho (-365), Antisthenes (-445), Leucippus (-500), Isocrates (-436), Clement of Alexandria (150), and Melissus of Samos (-470).