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Thales
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(Θαλῆς Μιλήσιος/Thalês Milḗsios; Latin Thales Milesius)

A. Historical dimension

T. of Miletus (624?–546? BC) was a mathematician, astronomer, founder of the Presocratic Milesian School and the first Greek natural philosopher. His dates are derived from his presumed active career before and after the solar eclipse he forecast (May 28, 585 BC; Hdt. 1,74) [09.126–150]; cf. [05.240–242]. It is unclear whether he was of Milesian or Phoenician background (Diog. Laert. 1,22; Hdt. 1,170). No writings by T. survive (testimonies in [13.]; DK 11; cf. [08.84–108]), and scholars dispute …

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Guttzeit, Gero, “Thales”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004761>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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