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"Xenophanes of Colophon (city)/Colophon" (; ; c. 570 – c. 475 BC) was a Greece/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 Iamb (foot)/iambic poetry criticized and satire/satirized a wide range of ideas, including Homer and Hesiod, the belief in the pantheon (gods)/pantheon of anthropomorphic deity/gods and the Greeks' veneration of wikt:athleticism/athleticism. He is the earliest Greek poet who claims explicitly to be writing for future generations, creating "fame that will reach all of Greece, and never die while the Greek kind of songs survives."

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