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(Herakleitos; c. 540–480 bce), an Ionian Greek from Ephesus and one of the most prominent pre-Socratics along with Pythagoras and Parmenides. In ancient times, he was already regarded as the “obscure one” who speaks in riddles and whose statements resemble those of the lord of the Delphic oracle in that they offer more suggestions than clear explanations (DK 22, B 92; 93). Rich in allegories, the paradoxical argumentation and the elaborate, aphoristic style of his prose exerted a str…

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Buchheim, Thomas, “Heraclitus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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