In existographies, Euhemerus (c.340BC-260BC) (FA:20), aka “Euhemerus of Messina”, was a Greek philosopher and mythographer, noted for []

Euhemerus was considered an atheist in the ancient world (Ѻ); his god theory, according to (Empiricus, 200AD), was that gods were men of power, deified in memory after their deaths. He is an Top 10 Unknown Atheist (Ѻ) (#10); his variety of atheism was discussed by the Anon Theophrastus (c.1659).

The following are noted quotes:

Euhemerus of Messenê, who of himself drew up copies of an incredible and non-existent mythology, and spread atheism over the whole inhabited earth by obliterating the gods of our belief and converting them all alike into names of generals, admirals, and kings, who, forsooth, lived in very ancient times and are recorded in inscriptions written in golden letters at Panchon, which no foreigner and no Greek had ever happened to meet with, save only Euhemerus.”
Plutarch (100AD), On Isis and Osiris (pg. 57)

“In the list given by Drachmann [1922], others designated atheoi in the period up to the 3rd century BC are Diogenes of Apollonia, Hippo of Rhegium, Diagoras of Melos, Prodicus of Keos, the aristocrat Critias of Athens, Theodorus of Cyrene, Bion of Borysthenes, and Euhemerus of Messina.”
— Michael Palmer (2013), Atheism for Beginners [1]

1. (a) Drachmann, A.B. (1922). Atheism in Pagan Antiquity (pg. 13). Gyldendal.
(b) Palmer, Michael. (2013). Atheism for Beginners: a Coursebook for Schools and Colleges (pg. 15). Lutterworth Press.

Further reading
● Bullivant, Stephen and Ruse, Michael. (2013). The Oxford Dictionary of Atheism (§:Theodorus and Euhemerus, pg. #). Oxford University Press.

External links
Euhemerus – Wikipedia.
● Euhemerus (German → English) – Wikipedia.

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