Pherecydes of Syros

Philosopher, Deceased Person

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Pherecydes of Syros was a Greek thinker from the island of Syros. Pherecydes authored a cosmogony, derived from three divine principles, Zas, Cthonie and Chronos, known as the Pentemychos. It formed a bridge between the mythological thought of Hesiod and pre-Socratic philosophy. His work is lost, but it survived into the Hellenistic period and we are informed on part of its content indirectly. Pherecydes was said to have been the first writer to communicate philosophical musings in prose.

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on July 23, 2013

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