(ca. 611/610ca. 547/546 BC). Gk. astronomer, geog., philos.; b. probably Miletus, near the mouth of the Maeander (modern Menderes), Ionia, Turkey, Asia Minor; probably pupil of Thales*; held that the first principle is eternal, indestructible, boundless matter, regarded as an animate being, sometimes identified with the divine. See also Anaximenes of Miletus; Philosophy.
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