Diagoras of Melos

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Diagoras of Melos was an ancient Greek atheist, poet and sophist of the 5th century BC.

Diagoras of Melos was a 5th century B.C. Greek philosopher, poet, sophist and atheist.

The Athenians accused him of impiety, and he fled the city. He died in Corinth.[1]

According to the book Greek Lyric Poetry: A Complete Collection of the Surviving Passages from the Greek Song-writers by George Stanley Farnell, "His position as a poet seems to be one of little prominence, and he probably abandoned his art for philosophical speculation."[2] See also: Atheism and poetry.

There is little information about Diagoras of Melos' life and his beliefs. And no atheist poems have been found written by him as far as the historical record.

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  1. Diagoras of Melos
  2. Greek Lyric Poetry: A Complete Collection of the Surviving Passages from the Greek Song-writers by George Stanley Farnell, page 269