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Pyrrho Of Elis (360-270 BCE)

Branch: Epistemology Approach: Pyrrhonism “He lead a life consistent with his doctrine, going out of his way for nothing, taking no precaution, but facing all risks as they came, whether carts, dogs or precipices…” – Diogenes Laertius (Life Of Pyrrho) Pyrrho of Elis remains one of the most mysterious and most illusive characters of ancient

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Battle of Marathon

The battle of Marathon has, for millenia now, been firmly planted within the annals of western history. A decisive battle, a clash of cultures, the narrative describes an outnumbered Athenian army staying off the Persian invaders who would see the Greek civilization consumed within their empire. And as we gaze through the looking glass of

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Protagoras

Branch: Ethics Approach: Relativism “Man is the measure of all things” Protagoras was born in Abdera, in northeast Greece. He would spend much of his life traveling, lecturing to anyone who could afford him. He would eventually travel to Athens and become the advisor to the ruler Pericles. A man who was a self proclaimed sophist, Protagoras

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Corinth

A dominant city-state in ancient Greece, Corinth would grow to prominence as a trading center in the early Mycenaean age and then would decline with much of mainland Greece in the years following the collapse of the Mycenaean empire. A city built on the Isthmus of Corinth, it was located between ancient Sparta and Athens. It

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Socrates (469-399 BCE)

Branch: Epistemology Approach: Socratic Dialogue “The life that is unexamined, is not worth living” Socrates is often pointed to as being one of the founders of western philosophy. It is strange then that this man left behind no writings or established any formal school. It is perhaps only thanks to his student Plato, that any

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Plato (427- 347 BCE)

Branch: Epistemology Approach: Rationalism “And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves, then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled heaven…. Last of all he will be able to see the

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