The Impious Philosophy of Anaxagoras


Anaxagoras, by Giovan Battista Langetti, circa 1660. Philadelphia Museum of Art/Public domain

Anaxagoras and his work in unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos crossed the boundaries between philosophy and astronomy.. And it was, in many ways WAY ahead of its time – ahead enough that he was criminally charged for it.

Holly's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: antiquity, Athens, Pericles, astronomy, philosophy, ancient Greece