(c. 445 B.C. - c. 400 B.C.)
Greek poet whose works are lost, but a few lines exist quoted by later writers.
Science Quotes by Agathon (1 quote)
Even a god cannot change the past.
As loosely translated from a quote by Aristotle: “Hence Agathon is right in saying ‘This only is denied even to God, The power to make what has been done undone.’”. As quoted by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics, Book 6, Chap. 2, translation by H. Rackham (1934). Also seen as “The one thing which even God cannot do is to make undone what has been done,” in Susan Ratcliffe (ed.), Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations (2011), 329.
Quotes by others about Agathon (1)
Such an event is probable in Agathon’s sense of the word: “it is probable,” he says, “that many things should happen contrary to probability.”