- Acted: 5th Century BC
- Lived: 570-475 BC
- School: Eleatic
- Main Interests: Theology, Metaphysics, Epistemology
- Influences: Thales, Pythagoras
- Location: Sicily
Gods didn’t give everything to man from the beginning, but men, discover them by constantly exploring.
Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΚΘ, 41
If oxen and horses had hands and could produce works of art as men do, horses would paint the forms of the gods like horses, and oxen like oxen.
The Fragments of the Pre-Socratics, Hermann Diels: DK 11B15
All things come from the earth, and all things end on earth.
The Fragments of the Pre-Socratics, Hermann Diels: DK 11B27
Xenophanes was an ancient Greek philosopher, theologian and poet. Knowledge of his views comes from parts of his poetry and survived as quotations by later writers. Xenophanes was judged for his elegiac and iambic poetry where he criticized a wide range of ideas, including Homer and Hesiod, the belief in the pantheon of anthropomorphic gods and the Greeks' veneration of athleticism.