Ancient Philosophy

Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy

Who was Pyrrho of Elis?

Pyrrho (c. 360–275) started out as a painter and then became interested in Democratus’ (c. 460–371 B.C.E.) atomism. He travelled with Alexander the Great to the East, where he studied with the Gymnosophists in India and the Magi in Persia. He had students but left no written work. When he would refuse to judge whether a chariot headed his way would hit him, his students often had to rescue him at the last second.


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