Xenophanes of Colophon


Xenophanes of Colophon (l. c. 570 to c. 478 BCE) was a Greek philosopher born 50 miles north of Miletus, a city famed for the birth of philosophy and home to the first Western philosopher, Thales of Miletus (l. c. 585 BCE). He is considered one of the most important of the so-called Pre-Socratic philosophers.

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  • c. 570 BCE - c. 478 BCE
    Life of Xenophanes of Colophon; claim of One God as the First Cause of existence.
  • c. 500 BCE
    Xenophanes discovers sea shells on mountains and deducts that the whole earth must once have been covered with water.