130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Part 1 – Persians Conquer Ionia)

Last week I wrote an introduction article giving an overview of the historical ground we will cover in the roughly 130 years leading up to the famous Greek philosopher Socrates. This post is the first part of our journey. We will visit the Asian side of Greek city-states (Asia Minor): the Ionian region where, so …

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Anaximenes – the last of the ‘Milesian Trio’ Philosophers

In this article, I explore some of the core ideas of the ancient Greek philosopher Anaximenes. He was one of the 'Milesian trio' (of the city of Miletus) and the youngest of the three. You can read about the ideas of his older fellow citizens and thinkers here: Thales, the first recorded Greek philosopher, and …

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Anaximander – the Second Philosopher of Miletus

In one of my previous articles on the ancient Greek philosophers before Socrates (the 'pre-Socratics') I wrote about the first one of them on record - Thales. Now it is time to explore the second of the 'Milesian trio' - Anaximander. All three lived in the city of Miletus in 6th century BCE, hence the …

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Thales of Miletus or the First Greek Philosopher

The first ancient Greek philosopher on record, by the name of Thales, lived and pondered about the nature of things in the city of Miletus some 2,600 years ago. He is among those thinkers who will be called the Pre-Socratics (all who were before Socrates. i.e. a period of ~150 years). Also, he belongs to …

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