Xenophanes of Colophon
(c. 570 – c.
was a Greek philosopher, theologian, poet, and social
and religious critic. Xenophanes lived a life of travel, having
left Ionia at the age of 25 and continuing to travel throughout
the Greek world for another 67 years.
Some scholars say he lived
in exile in Sicily.
Knowledge of his views comes from fragments
of his poetry,
surviving as quotations by later Greek writers.
To judge from these, his elegiac and iambic poetry
and satirized a wide range of ideas,
including Homer and Hesiod,
the belief in the pantheon of
and the Greeks' veneration of athleticism.