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Valentinus (also spelled Valentinius; c. AD 100 – c. 160) was the best known and, for a time, most successful early Christian Gnostic theologian. He founded his school in Rome. According to Tertullian, Valentinus was a candidate for bishop but started his own group when another was chosen.Valentinus produced a variety of writings, but only fragments survive, largely those quoted in rebuttal arguments in the works of his opponents, not enough to reconstruct his system except in broad outline. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Valentinus has received more than 19,844 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Valentinus is the 443rd most popular philosopher (down from 421st in 2019), the 193rd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 180th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

Valentinus was a Gnostic Christian who believed that Jesus was not divine, but rather a man who was born with the power of the spirit.

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Among philosophers, Valentinus ranks 443 out of 1,089Before him are Hunayn ibn Ishaq, Brunetto Latini, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, Damascius, Yan Hui, and Henry Suso. After him are Alain de Lille, Maine de Biran, George Pachymeres, Peter Sloterdijk, George Santayana, and Michel Serres.

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Among people born in 100, Valentinus ranks 25Before him are Agabus, Domitia Longina, Ananias of Damascus, Antipas of Pergamum, Agrippa the Skeptic, and Aretaeus of Cappadocia. After him are Simeon of Jerusalem, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Gan Ying, Praxedes, Claudia Acte, and Vologases III of Parthia. Among people deceased in 160, Valentinus ranks 3Before him are Marcion of Sinope and Shimon bar Yochai. After him is Marcus Cornelius Fronto.

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Among people born in Egypt, Valentinus ranks 193 out of 520Before him are John Philoponus (490), Amenhotep, son of Hapu (-1420), Thamphthis (-2600), Tetisheri (-1600), Sa'id of Egypt (1822), and Fuad II of Egypt (1952). After him are Al-Maqrizi (1364), Tewfik Pasha (1852), Abdel Halim Hafez (1929), Achilles Tatius (200), Ahmed Zewail (1946), and Al-Mutawakkil III (1500).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Valentinus ranks 10Before him are Philo (-15), Sextus Empiricus (160), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Ammonius Saccas (175), Saadia Gaon (882), and John Philoponus (490). After him are Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), Olympiodorus the Younger (495), Ammonius Hermiae (440), Julius Pollux (200), Isaac Israeli ben Solomon (832), and Syrianus (400).