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Anaxagoras

  • Greek philosopher
  • Born 500 BC
  • Died 428 BC

Anaxagoras (; Greek: Ἀναξαγόρας, Anaxagoras, "lord of the assembly"; c. 510 – c. 428 BC) was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. Born in Clazomenae at a time when Asia Minor was under the control of the Persian Empire, Anaxagoras came to Athens. According to Diogenes Laërtius and Plutarch, in later life he was charged with impiety and went into exile in Lampsacus; the charges may have been political, owing to his association with Pericles, if they were not fabricated by later ancient biographers.Responding to the claims of Parmenides on the impossibility of change, Anaxagoras described the world as a mixture of primary imperishable ingredients, where material variation was never caused by an absolute presence of a particular ingredient, but rather by its relative preponderance over the other ingredients; in his words, "each one is... most manifestly those things of which there are the most in it".


It is not I who have lost the Athenians, but the Athenians who have lost me.




Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.




Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.




Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine, were taken away.




The seed of everything is in everything else.




The descent to Hades is the same from every place.



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