- Acted: 5th Century BC
- Lived: 500-428 BC
- School: Pluralist
- Main Interests: Natural philosophy, Astronomy, Physics
- Influences: Parmenides
- Location: Klazomenai
Two things teach us about death, the time before our birth and sleep.
Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΚ, 19
All things were the same. Then, mind came along and set them in order.
Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Β, 6
Someone asked him if he is concerned about his native land. He replied, "I am greatly concerned about my fatherland" by pointing to the sky.
Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Β, 7
Anaxagoras was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher born in Clazomenae. He was known for his cosmology work and discovery of the true cause of eclipses. He was the first philosopher to bring philosophy from Ionia to Athens where he befriended the Athenian statesman Pericles. His work grows out of the efforts of earlier Greek thinkers who had tried to explain the physical universe by an assumption of a single fundamental element. He regarded the ultimate elements as "particles" which were set in order by an eternal intelligence.