I put SAVI, i put essays o i seven wise (EPTA hoi sophoi) are important public figures of ancient Greece lived in a period between the end of the seventh and sixth centuries BC. (more precisely between about 620 a.C. and the 550 a.C.), passed to history as models of wisdom practice.
The seven wise men are authors of maximum underlying the common cultural sensitivity Greek. Some maxims have become real popular sayings survived to the present day.
Their thinking becomes detached from religion Homeric traditional take on the characteristics typical of a know objective and rational in line with the basic fundamentals of knowledge philosophical.
Thales Miletus, the most important of the seven essays, It has often been regarded as the first uomo ad be called “philosopher”.
The seven wise figures are so interesting that pose a problem on the same definition of philosophy. Because their interest is mainly aimed to conduct practical and not speculation, you may be wondering if they can be defined Philosophy, at least in the sense that we give today. In fact, their search, unlike the Philosophy speculative, It focuses more on ethical issues, human and life practice. As for my personal opinion, are more Philosophy them that pure speculative or academic professors today. If we then consider a figure next to the seven sages, like that of Socrates, We can see as a philosopher can embody and connect both aspects. it's the same Socrates It drew great inspiration from the seven sages.
The ancient sages also held political activity in their city-state. About thinking and philosophy Seven essays there has come no organic work, even if you can identify common traits between individual judgments, which are characterized by their laconic and immediacy. Plato He praised these short sayings, said gnomic maxims or wisdom as the finest fruit of the reflections of the seven Savi.
This is the list of the seven wise men:
It remains controversial whether the idea of such a list of Seven Sages is original Plato, or whether he is not based on a popular tradition of the sixth or early fifth century BC. Individual names can be traced even in the oldest sources, most already in Herodotus, although they not appear as a distinct group.
One chosen by us in this discussion is the list compiled by Diogenes Laertius.
In the work “Lives of Philosophy” Diogenes Laertius are also reported several legendary stories about the first version of the list of the seven wise men. Element common to find the list of the seven sages is the Apollo sacred tripod ad. The tripod itself is the scepter that would have belonged to the wisest among the wise.
As we mentioned earlier, the Seven Sages have bequeathed a series of judgments and memorable maxims. In these pages we have gathered because we think that they are a UNESCO World Heritage timeless and immortal.