Pherecydes of Syros

Pherecydes of Syros

▪ Greek writer
flourished c. 550 BC

      Greek mythographer and cosmogonist traditionally associated with the Seven Wise Men of Greece (especially Thales).

      Pherecydes is credited with originating metempsychosis (reincarnation), a doctrine that holds the human soul to be immortal, passing into another body, either human or animal, after death. He is also known as the author of Heptamychos, a work, extant in fragments only, describing the origin of the world from a divine trinity: Zas (Zeus), Chronos or Kronos, and Chthonie or Ge (Mother Earth). Pherecydes was characterized by Aristotle in Metaphysics, Book XIV, as a theologian who mixed philosophy and myth. Tradition says that he was the teacher of Pythagoras. He is not to be confused with Pherecydes of Athens, a genealogist who lived about a century later.

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