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390 BC - 310 BC

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Krishna Dvaipayana (Sanskrit: कृष्णद्वैपायन, romanized: Kṛṣṇadvaipāyana), better known as Vyasa (; Sanskrit: व्यासः, romanized: Vyāsaḥ, lit. 'compiler') or Vedavyasa (वेदव्यासः, Veda-vyāsaḥ, "the one who classified the Vedas"), is a revered sage portrayed in most Hindu traditions. He is traditionally regarded as the author of the epic Mahabharata. Born to fisherwoman Satyavati and the sage Parashara, Vyasa himself fathered the Kuru king Pandu 'under Niyoga practice' in place of a half-brother who died heirless, at the behest of Satyavati. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vyasa has received more than 3,543,501 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Vyasa is the 250th most popular philosopher (up from 322nd in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from India (up from 78th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Indian Philosopher.

Vyasa is most famous for being the author of the Mahabharata, an epic poem which is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India.

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Among philosophers, Vyasa ranks 250 out of 1,081Before him are Apollodorus of Athens, Ivan Illich, Thomas Carlyle, Theano, Ibn al-Nafis, and Celsus. After him are Orosius, Jacques Maritain, Franz Brentano, Aśvaghoṣa, Vladimir Solovyov, and Prodicus.

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Among people born in 390 BC, Vyasa ranks 3Before him are Lysippos and Shang Yang. After him are Lycurgus of Athens, Hypereides, Alexander V of Macedon, Hakor, Hieronymus of Cardia, Peucestas, Tiberius Coruncanius, Manius Curius Dentatus, and Coenus. Among people deceased in 310 BC, Vyasa ranks 4Before him are Roxana, Pytheas, and Phryne. After him is Pharnabazus III.

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In India

Among people born in India, Vyasa ranks 59 out of 1,493Before him are Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), Zubin Mehta (1936), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Savitribai Phule (1831), and Salman Khan (1965). After him are Premchand (1880), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Kim Philby (1912), Ronald Ross (1857), Satyajit Ray (1921), and Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904).


Among philosophers born in India, Vyasa ranks 9Before him are Bodhidharma (483), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), and Padmasambhava (717). After him are Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Sri Aurobindo (1872), and Ramanuja (1017).