Ancilla to Pre-Socratic Philosophers: A Complete Translation by Kathleen Freeman

By Kathleen Freeman

This booklet is a whole translation of the fragments of the pre-Socratic philosophers given within the 5th version of Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker.

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8. 44:1 ἄπυστος, 'beyond perception'; also ἄπαυστος, 'never-ending'. 44:2 Reading and meaning doubtful. Diels-Kranz: 'if it lacked Limit, it would fall short of being a Whole', but without any certainty. 45:1 Or, reading γνώμῃ (Stein): 'in order that no mortal may outstrip you in intelligence'. e. everything belongs to one or other of the two categories Light and Night). 48 Next: 29. Zênô of Elea p. 47 29. C. He wrote a book of Epicheirêmata (Attacks) in defence of Parmenides’ theory of Being as One and Indivisible; his method was to take the opposite proposition that Things are Many, and derive two contradictory conclusions therefrom.

Remarkably hard to convince'. (=PLATO, Parmenides, 135A). 23. ) 24. (The Telchînes were created from the hounds of Actaeon, which were changed into men by Zeus). 25. (= Empedocles, Frg. 28). , Edn. , 5). ' This interpretation is favoured by those who accept the view that Parmenides left the door open for 'Opinion' in some form; it was rejected by Diels, Vors. 4, Nachträge, p. xxviii, as contrary to Parmenidean metaphysic. See Companion, pp. 141 sqq. 42:2 Or, reading ἔστιν: 'that which it is possible to think is identical with that which can Be'.

85. It is hard to fight against impulse; whatever it wishes, it buys at the expense of the soul. 86. (Most of what is divine) escapes recognition through unbelief. 87. A foolish man is apt to be in a flutter at every word (or, 'theory': Logos). 88. And what is in us is the same thing: living and dead, awake and sleeping, as well as young and old; for the latter (of each pair of opposites) having changed becomes the former, and this again having changed becomes the latter. 89. To those who are awake, there is one ordered universe common (to all), whereas in sleep each man turns away (from this world) to one of his own.

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