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Parmenides and Empedocles: The Fragments in Verse Translation

Lombardo, Stanley (translator)

ISBN 10: 1610971620 / ISBN 13: 9781610971621
Published by Wipf & Stock, Eugene, OR, 2010
Used Soft cover
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65 pp. 8vo, perfect-bound in wrappers. First published by Grey Fox Press in San Francisco in 1982, and long out of print. New. Bookseller Inventory # 3976

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Title: Parmenides and Empedocles: The Fragments in ...

Publisher: Wipf & Stock, Eugene, OR

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: Reprint.

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"Parmenides and Empedocles, along with Heraclitus the most important of the pre-Socratic philosophers, were at the same time among the greatest poets of the ancient world. But their work is rarely treated and still more rarely translated in its original form--as poetry. The complete extant fragments of Parmenides and Empedocles are collected here for the first time in a translation responsive to the original verse texts.Parmenides' philosophical fragments are here given as the poetic remains of the thinker from Elea in Southern Italy whom Socrates wondered at and Plato held in awe. What emerges from the poetry is at once an uncompromising vision of absolute Being and a compassionate understanding of the human cosmos:It is the body grows to Mind.All men desire the same thing, apprehend the sameThe plenum is thought, and thought preponderates.The poetry of Empedocles--reincarnationist, naturalist, cosmologist, religious leader, physiologist, and a metaphysician--is presented here in the personal idiom of the fifth-century Sicilian who has been called the last of the Greek shamans:I have already beenA bush and a birdA boy and a girlA mute fish in the sea."

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Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

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