Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Did Homer, Plato and Aristotle exist, or were they mythological characters?

Certainly no credible atheist would believe in them; after all, their writings didn't appear until 500, 1,200 and 1,400 years, respectively, after their supposed existence

However, the words of Jesus were quoted many times in the first and second century by followers like: Luke, who tells us Jesus is our Creator; Mark, Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr and, the apologist Iranaeus, who says many healed or raised from the dead by Jesus or His disciples were still alive during his days.

Polycarp even claimed to be an original disciple because as a child he sat at the feet of John. He also learned from the other disciples.

Polycarp was strong in his beliefs and refusing to flee, suffered martyrdom after a dream he would die by fire. His congregation gathered up his burnt bones and cherished those

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Homer ( Out of The Greek counties)

    Aristotle' ( Out of The Greek counties)




    Yes Aristotle Lived. ALexander was Taught by Aritistotle and Alexander is in the Bible.

    The "Mighty King" ALEXANDER THE GREAT

    "And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia; and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them; and when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these." (Daniel 11:2-4 RSV)




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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We have records of Aristotle from the same historians who speak about Alexander the great, seeing as Alexander was his student. We also have Platos writing, convenient that Jesus never wrote anything.

    Homer on the other hand we do not know existed for sure. It is actually debated among historians, and there is a body of evidence to suggest that Homer may have been a title, rather than a person, and a Homer was a keeper/teller of tales.

    Next time do some research instead of replicating what you heard your Evangelical preacher opine one Sunday.

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  • mayhue
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    ok so plato Aristotle and homer did not exist yet jesus the guy who ought to turn water into wine did. Luke, Mark, Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, Iranaeus, etc. quote which a sort of folk mentioned that jesus became into THE solar OF GOD of their lifetime

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  • YY4Me
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If you actually believe that people were raised from the dead, I suppose you'll believe any nonsense that's in your "holy" book, though I doubt that you believe equally nonsensical stories from other religions' "holy" books.

    The christian bible is not proof of anything, except what some people, in a particular region, believed at the time the stories were written.

    There is absolutely *no* evidence for a historical Jesus.

    Nothing real requires faith.

    - - -

    ''Whether Jesus ever actually existed has long been debated. The argument (very well documented) is that there is absolutely no corroborating evidence of his existence in documents other than highly suspect Christian sources." - Riane Eisler, "The Chalice & the Blade," p. 122

    * * *

    "The gospel story is an artificial, non-historical work. It has been fabricated from source materials that can be identified and traced to their incorporation in the gospels. There is not a particle of hard evidence that 'Jesus of Nazareth' ever existed." - Harold Leidner, "The Fabrication of the Christ Myth"

    * * *

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    Pagan origins of Jesus:

    Nazareth: The Town that Theology Built


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  • 1 decade ago

    Homer is almost certainly a myth, modern scholars are agreed on that.

    Plato existed, but I personally wonder if his "teacher" Socrates actually said the things he said, since our only record of him is Plato. Did Plato put words in his mouth?

    Aristotle was probably real but he was really, really stupid, if you read what he said. He set science back centuries, and considering when he lived, that's saying a lot!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes they did exist, at least Aristitle and Plato, Homer I am doubtful about.

    Isn't he a Character off the Simsons, *smile*

    I have much respect for Aristotle and his philosophical views.

    Plato next.

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  • .
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I really have no idea. I also have no idea whether Shakespeare actually wrote the plays that are attributed to him. Historicity is difficult.

    But, here's the thing: all of the references you cite do not say anything at all about Jesus - they talk about Christians, and we already know that they existed.

    There exists not a single eyewitness account written by anyone within Jesus's supposed lifetime. This is an unfortunate fact that I'm afraid you just have to live with.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    And how many laws in the modern world have been based on the claim of *what Homer wants"?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I personally am agnostic on the historicity of Jesus, but it would seem that there is better substantiation of the historicity of the Hellenes you mention than the religious character you cite.

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  • Strange, but the most basic study into Aristotle, first one I looked up, shows that to be utter nonsense and bilge. You wouldn't be lying for your religion would you? Perish the thought.

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