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Valentinus (also spelled Valentinius; c. AD 100 – c. 180) 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 23,285 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Valentinus is the 498th most popular philosopher (down from 443rd in 2019), the 226th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 192nd in 2019) and the 11th 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 498 out of 1,081Before him are Themistius, Nezahualcoyotl, Annemarie Schimmel, Antiochus of Ascalon, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, and Priscian. After him are Peter Deunov, Émile Chartier, Yan Hui, Theodorus the Atheist, Kenneth Waltz, and Thomas Nagel.

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Among people born in 100, Valentinus ranks 30Before him are Domitia Longina, Saint Sabina, Aretaeus of Cappadocia, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Agrippa the Skeptic, and Praxedes. After him are Marinus of Tyre, Gan Ying, Vologases III of Parthia, Simon bar Giora, Apollos, and Lusius Quietus. Among people deceased in 160, Valentinus ranks 4Before him are Marcion of Sinope, Shimon bar Yochai, and Marcus Cornelius Fronto. After him is Quintus Lollius Urbicus.

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Among people born in Egypt, Valentinus ranks 226 out of 582Before him are Osorkon I (-1000), Al-Tahawi (853), Yuya (-1500), Youssef Chahine (1926), Sekhemre Khutawy Sobekhotep (-1800), and Amun-her-khepeshef (-1300). After him are Tjuyu (-1401), Ka (null), Shoshenq II (-1000), Osorkon II (-1000), Mohammed Abdel Wahab (1901), and Samir Amin (1931).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Valentinus ranks 11Before him are Muhammad Abduh (1849), Sextus Empiricus (160), Ammonius Saccas (175), John Philoponus (490), Saadia Gaon (882), and Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796). After him are Ammonius Hermiae (440), Olympiodorus the Younger (495), Isaac Israeli ben Solomon (832), Julius Pollux (200), Ahmad al-Tayyeb (1946), and Syrianus (400).