500 BC - 500 BC

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Xanthus of Lydia (Greek: Ξάνθος ὁ Λυδός, Xanthos ho Lydos) was a native Lydian historian and logographer who, during the mid-fifth century BC, wrote texts on the history of Lydia known as Lydiaca (Λυδιακά). Xanthus also wrote occasionally about geology. It is believed that Xanthus was the earliest historian to have written a significant amount on the topic of Lydian history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Xanthus has received more than 62,917 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Xanthus is the 2,900th most popular writer (up from 3,644th in 2019), the 784th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 762nd in 2019) and the 87th most popular Turkish Writer.

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Among writers, Xanthus ranks 2,900 out of 5,794Before him are Abbasgulu Bakikhanov, Rachel Bluwstein, Robert Penn Warren, Helen Thomas, William Hope Hodgson, and Dritëro Agolli. After him are Paula von Preradović, Harold Robbins, Delmira Agustini, Lillian Hellman, René Barjavel, and Kristjan Jaak Peterson.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Xanthus ranks 69Before him are Sophron, Thrasybulus of Syracuse, Timon of Athens, Aeropus II of Macedon, Praxilla, and Jason of Pherae. After him are Arcesilaus IV of Cyrene, Stateira, Datames, Argaeus II of Macedon, Orontes I, and Tithraustes. Among people deceased in 500 BC, Xanthus ranks 35Before him are Artaphernes, Artystone, Titus Lartius, Aristodemus of Cumae, Euthymides, and Praxilla. After him are Megabates, Arcesilaus IV of Cyrene, Hydarnes, Spurius Lartius, Titus Aebutius Elva, and Postumus Cominius Auruncus.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Xanthus ranks 784 out of 1,128Before him are Polemon of Laodicea (200), Alec Issigonis (1906), Stephen I of Constantinople (867), Zipoetes I of Bithynia (-354), Hülya Avşar (1963), and John III of Trebizond (1321). After him are Meriones (null), Emre Belözoğlu (1980), Maria of Amnia (770), Fatma Aliye Topuz (1862), Amykos (null), and Hande Yener (1973).

Among WRITERS In Turkey

Among writers born in Turkey, Xanthus ranks 87Before him are Dares Phrygius (450), Nihal Atsız (1905), Chariton (100), Paul the Silentiary (null), Antiochus Kantemir (1708), and Phlegon of Tralles (200). After him are Fatma Aliye Topuz (1862), Marie-Joseph Chénier (1764), Cemal Süreya (1931), George of Pisidia (580), Ruben Sevak (1885), and Muazzez İlmiye Çığ (1914).