Zeno of Elea

490 BC - 425 BC

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Zeno of Elea (; Ancient 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 976,062 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Zeno of Elea is the 49th most popular philosopher (up from 52nd in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Italy (up from 68th in 2019) and the 5th most popular 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 49 out of 1,081Before him are Plutarch, Michel de Montaigne, Origen, Al-Farabi, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and John Amos Comenius. After him are Empedocles, Karl Popper, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Lucretius, and Plotinus.

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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, Hellanicus of Lesbos, Ion of Chios, 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 51 out of 4,668Before him are Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Mark Antony (-83), Ötzi (-3345), Catherine de' Medici (1519), and Pope Gregory I (540). After him are Pope Pius XII (1876), Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Sophia Loren (1934), Empedocles (-490), and Federico Fellini (1920).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Zeno of Elea ranks 5Before him are Niccolò Machiavelli (1469), Thomas Aquinas (1225), Parmenides (-501), and Maria Montessori (1870). After him are Empedocles (-490), Lucretius (-94), Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), and Tommaso Campanella (1568).