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- A Greek given name.
- The pre-Socratic philosopher Xenophanes of Colophon; by extension or reference, any profound or transformative religious thinker.
1931, Hermann Schneider & Margaret Minna Green, The History of World Civilization, volume 2, page 614:
- Lucretius was the Xenophanes of Roman culture, a great theorist (visionary), an ardent disciple of Universal Nature, an enemy of all superstition, false gods, and false fear of death, […]
1970, John Arthur Passmore, The Perfectibility of Man, page 77:
- No Xenophanes arose amongst the Jews to rebuke them for ascribing to Jahweh acts which would be accounted a shame and a disgrace amongst men; […]
1985, Michael Despland, The Education of Desire, page 33:
- Euthyphro is no Xenophanes but as a religious and thinking man he can turn to great teachers; […]
a Greek philosopher and a poet
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