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[3] Men could not abide the natural philosophers and ‘visionaries,’ as they were then called, for that they reduced the divine agency down to irrational causes, blind forces, and necessary incidents. Even Protagoras had to go into exile,1 Anaxagoras was with difficulty rescued from imprisonment by Pericles,2 and Socrates, though he had nothing whatever to do with such matters, nevertheless lost his life3 because of philosophy.

1 Not far from 411 B.C.

2 About 432 B.C. See Plut. Per. 32.3.

3 In the spring of 399 B.C.

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