PROTAGORAS of ABDERA (c.480 – c.411 BC)

Drawing of PROTAGORAS

PROTAGORAS

‘Of all things the measure is Man, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that they are not’
‘About the gods, I am not able to know whether they exist or do not exist, nor what they are like in form; for the factors preventing knowledge are many: the obscurity of the subject, and the shortness of human life’

A contemporary of Socrates and later labelled a sophist by Plato, in 415 BCE Protagoras was forced to flee Athens because his works were condemned for impiety.

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