It may well be that these stories are not higher than fact nor yet true to fact: they are, very possibly, what Xenophanes
says of them.
In this respect the difference between them is like that between Xenophanes
In this context Xenophanes
"rendered the poets' gods as fiction (plasmata)" (Herren, 50), followed in 5 BCE by Prodicus, who explained that first men turned basic needs into gods (Herren, 80).
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She's rehomed these in her book, including Xenophanes
' argument that cattle would depict their own gods as cattle thereby questioning the human convention of depicting gods in human form.
The Greek philosopher Xenophanes
of Colophon, Ionia, (570-478 BCE), once wrote: 'Mortals suppose that the gods are born and have clothes and voices and shapes like their own.
Sextus also mentions famous "physicists", as Thales and the Milesian school, Xenophanes
, Empedocles, Democritus, Aristotle and Epicurus.
Materialists Heraclitus, Pythagoras and Xenophanes
were followed by atomists like Leucippus (5 (th) century BCE) and his disciple Democritus (5 (th)-4 (th) century BCE), and by secular humanist Epicurus (4 (th)-3 (rd) century BCE), then by Euclid (born circa 300 BCE) and Archimedes (287-211 BCE).
Heelwat later interpreteer Xenophanes
(sesde eeu vC) 32.1-3 (fr.
And of course what the preceding might say about the trajectory from these early Milesians to Xenophanes
and the great Parmenides would likely shed light on the quasi-theological critique of cosmology in what the latter's goddess reveals to him.