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Protagoras of Abdera lived from about 480-411 B.C. He was a contemporary of Socrates. In 415 he was forced to flee Athens because his works were condemned for impiety.

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Western Civilization: Greek Philosophy

Mediterranean: The Hellenic Period

 

1. 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.

4. 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.


From: Drew A. Hyland, The Origins of Philosophy: From Myth to Meaning (New York; G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1973), p. 92

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