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Hellenismos or the Hellenic Ethnic Religion (Greek: Ελληνική Εθνική Θρησκεία), also Hellenic Polytheistic Reconstructionism, Dodekatheism (Greek: Δωδεκαθεϊσμός), Modern Greek polytheism or Olympianism, is the Olympian based Greek religion and philosophy of modern times. Hellenismos as a term was first used in the fourth century by Roman Emperor Julian the Philosopher to mean Greek religion, and today it is used to mean its continuation. Practitioners are found in the modern Greek republic and throughout the world.

Hellenismos includes the mythology, philosophy and religion of the Greek gods, such as Dodecatheism, the Eleusinian mysteries, the Delphic mysteries, Hermetism, the Dionysian mysteries, Orphism and Pythagoreanism, the Milesian school, the Eleatic school, other pre-Socratic philosophy, Platonism and the Peripatetic school, neo-Platonism and Skepticism and Stoicism and other Hellenistic philosophy to the present day.

Important ancient/Classical Hellenic teachers/writers/prophets include Hermes Trismegistus, the Pythia and Sibyl, Hesiod, Apollodorus, Homer, Apollonius of Rhodes, Creophylus of Samos, Orpheus, Thales, Anaximander, Pherecydes of Syros, Xenophanes, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, the seven sages of Greece, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Antisthenes, Aristippus, Euclid of Megara, Pyrrho, Zeno of Citium, Epicurus, Ammonius Saccas, Plotinus, Hypatia of Alexandria, etc.

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Hellenism may refer to:

  • Greek people and their culture in general
  • In the context of the ancient grammarians, the proper use of the Greek language
  • A combination of all, or some, of the above in synthesis, as a personal philosophy or world-view.

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Thales
Thales of Miletus (/ˈθlz/; Greek: Θαλῆς, Thalēs; c. 624 BC – c. 546 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition.[1] According to Bertrand Russell, "Western philosophy begins with Thales."[2] Thales attempted to explain natural phenomena without reference to mythology and was tremendously influential in this respect. Almost all of the other pre-Socratic philosophers follow him in attempting to provide an explanation of ultimate substance, change, and the existence of the world—without reference to mythology. Those philosophers were also influential, and eventually Thales' rejection of mythological explanations became an essential idea for the scientific revolution. He was also the first to define general principles and set forth hypotheses, and as a result has been dubbed the "Father of Science", though it is argued that Democritus is actually more deserving of this title.[3][4]

In mathematics, Thales used geometry to solve problems such as calculating the height of pyramids and the distance of ships from the shore. He is credited with the first use of deductive reasoning applied to geometry, by deriving four corollaries to Thales' Theorem. As a result, he has been hailed as the first true mathematician and is the first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed. Also, Thales was the first person known to have studied electricity.[5] Thales of Miletus (/ˈθlz/; Greek: Θαλῆς, Thalēs; c. 624 BC – c. 546 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition.[6] According to Bertrand Russell, "Western philosophy begins with Thales."[7] Thales attempted to explain natural phenomena without reference to mythology and was tremendously influential in this respect. Almost all of the other pre-Socratic philosophers follow him in attempting to provide an explanation of ultimate substance, change, and the existence of the world—without reference to mythology. Those philosophers were also influential, and eventually Thales' rejection of mythological explanations became an essential idea for the scientific revolution. He was also the first to define general principles and set forth hypotheses, and as a result has been dubbed the "Father of Science", though it is argued that Democritus is actually more deserving of this title.[8][9]

In mathematics, Thales used geometry to solve problems such as calculating the height of pyramids and the distance of ships from the shore. He is credited with the first use of deductive reasoning applied to geometry, by deriving four corollaries to Thales' Theorem. As a result, he has been hailed as the first true mathematician and is the first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed. Also, Thales was the first person known to have studied electricity.[10]

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Hellenism's main news source from Greece: YSEE (translated to English)

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Chronos, sleeping on Georg Wolff's grave

Did you know?

Pythagoras studied in the East, including at Mt. Carmel. He and the community (near) there had similar rare practices of ethics (and dress,) and later Socrates described some as virtuous and philosophical. Likewise, a similar community South of Mt. Carmel later kept a text of Plato's Republic, a dialogue in which Socrates spoke. This interaction has influenced various spirituality near the Eastern Mediterranean to the present day.

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Ancient places, events: Athens & Agora & Acropolis & Parthenon & Democracy & Battle of SalamisSparta & Timocracy & Battle of ThermopylaeDelphi & Pythia & SibylThebesGreek templesancient persecution of HellenismGreek War of Independence

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Great ancient leaders: PericlesLeonidasThemistoclesAlexander The Great

Great ancient playwrights: Sophocles

Great ancient sculptors: PolykleitosLysipposScopasPhidias

Modern reconstruction movement: Hellenism (religion)EllinaisHellenionSupreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes

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  1. ^ Aristotle, Metaphysics Alpha, 983b18.
  2. ^ Russell, Bertrand (1945). The History of Western Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster. 
  3. ^ Singer, C. (2008). A Short History of Science to the 19th century. Streeter Press. p. 35. 
  4. ^ Needham, C. W. (1978). Cerebral Logic: Solving the Problem of Mind and Brain. Loose Leaf. p. 75. ISBN 039803754X. 
  5. ^ (Boyer 1991, "Ionia and the Pythagoreans" p. 43)
  6. ^ Aristotle, Metaphysics Alpha, 983b18.
  7. ^ Russell, Bertrand (1945). The History of Western Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster. 
  8. ^ Singer, C. (2008). A Short History of Science to the 19th century. Streeter Press. p. 35. 
  9. ^ Needham, C. W. (1978). Cerebral Logic: Solving the Problem of Mind and Brain. Loose Leaf. p. 75. ISBN 039803754X. 
  10. ^ (Boyer 1991, "Ionia and the Pythagoreans" p. 43)

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