Anaxagoras (Greek: Ἀναξαγόρας, fl. 480 BC – 450 BC) was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. Anaxagoras was an Ionian Greek. He was born in Asia Minor, in Clazomenae. This was a town in what is now Turkey.
He held that the Sun was not a god, but just material. It was a "red-hot mass many times larger than the Peloponnese". The Moon was a solid body with geographical features, and made of the same substance as the Earth.
- ↑ "Flourished", meaning his exact dates of birth and death are not known.
- ↑ Thrower J. 1985. The alternative tradition: religion and the rejection of religion in the Ancient World. The Hague: Mouton, p156/7.
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- ↑ Watson, Peter 2009. Ideas: a history: from fire to Freud, volume II. Chapter 25: The 'Atheist Scare' and the advent of doubt. p120 et seq, London: Folio Society.
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