Thales was known for his research in the astronomical field, in which he recognized the importance of the stars to the sailors. He was also known for his research on the Ursa Minor constellation, also known as the 'Little Bear'. At one point, Thales took Anaximandros as one of his students, who in turn later became the teacher of Anaximenes.
- Plato counted Thales among the Seven Sages of Greece. Others in that group were Pittacus of Mytilene, Bias of Priene, Solon of Athens, Chilon of Sparta, and either Cleobulus, Periander of Corinth, Myson of Chenae or Anacharsis the Scythian.
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (mentioned only)