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Xenophanesy [Astro*Index]


(BC570-480) Greek philosopher. Born in Colophon, Ionia, he moved to Elea, in southern Italy, where he studied under Pythagoras. His religion was monotheistic, quite distinct from Greek beliefs of his time. He rejected belief in the primitive Greek gods and the transmigration of souls, and suggested Earth as the fundamental element of the universe. Noting that seashells were found in the mountains, he advanced the theory that the mountains had risen from below the sea to their current heights, thus anticipating the work of James Hutton, the Scottish founder of modern Geology.

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