Zeno of Elea

490 BC - 425 BC

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Zeno of Elea (; Greek: Ζήνων ὁ Ἐλεᾱ́της; c. 495 – c. 430 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of Magna Graecia and a member of the Eleatic School founded by Parmenides. Aristotle called him the inventor of the dialectic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zeno of Elea has received more than 795,213 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Zeno of Elea is the 52nd most popular philosopher (up from 54th in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Italy (up from 85th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Zeno of Elea is most famous for his paradoxes, which are a series of arguments that purport to show that motion is impossible.

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Among philosophers, Zeno of Elea ranks 52 out of 1,089Before him are Michel Foucault, Karl Popper, Protagoras, Hannah Arendt, Henri Bergson, and Plotinus. After him are John Amos Comenius, Mikhail Bakunin, Lucretius, Empedocles, Pliny the Elder, and Anaximander.

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Among people born in 490 BC, Zeno of Elea ranks 2Before him is Phidias. After him are Empedocles, Nehemiah, Bacchylides, Archelaus I of Macedon, Agis II, Ion of Chios, Hellanicus of Lesbos, Nepherites I, Oenopides, and Crateuas of Macedon. Among people deceased in 425 BC, Zeno of Elea ranks 2Before him is Herodotus. After him is Achilles Painter.

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Among people born in Italy, Zeno of Elea ranks 68 out of 4,088Before him are Fibonacci (1170), Livy (-59), Saint Valentine (226), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Giotto (1267), and Antonio Stradivari (1644). After him are Brutus the Younger (-85), Pope Julius II (1443), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Ötzi (-3345), Lucrezia Borgia (1480), and Pope Pius XI (1857).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Zeno of Elea ranks 5Before him are Niccolò Machiavelli (1469), Thomas Aquinas (1225), Maria Montessori (1870), and Parmenides (-501). After him are Lucretius (-94), Empedocles (-490), Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), and Bonaventure (1221).