Presocratics (Presocratic philosophers)
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Modern term to describe various groups of Greek philosophers who lived in the period before, or contemporary with, Socrates [2] (470–399 BC). In particular, this included the members of the Milesian School (Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes [1]), the Eleatic School (Parmenides, Zeno [1] of Elea and Melissus [2]), Pythagoras [2…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Presocratics (Presocratic philosophers)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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