The Fragments of Empedocles

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ON NATURE.

To His Friend.

I.

Παυσανίη, σὺ δέ κλυθι, δα ι φρονος 'Αγχίτου υιέ
Hear thou, Pausanias, son of wise Anchitus!


Limitations of Knowledge.

2.

στεινωποὶ μεν γὰρ παλάμαι κατὰ γυια κέχυνται.
πολλὰ δε δείλ' εμπαια, τά τ' αμβλύνουσι μερίμνας.
παυρον δέ ζωης ιδίου μέρος αθρησαντες
ωκύμοροι καπνοιο δίκην αρθέντες απέπταν
αυτὺ μόνον πειςθέντες, οτωι προσέκυρρσεν εκαστος
πάντοσ' ελαυνόμενοι, τὸ δ' ολον [πας] ευχεται ευρειν.
ουτως ουτ' επιδερκτὰ τίδ' ανδράσιν ουδ' επακουστά
ουτε νόωι περιληπτά. σὺ δ' ουν, επεὶ ωδ' ελιάσθχς,
πεύσεαι ου πλέον ηε βροτείη μητις ορωρεν
.

For narrow through their members scattered ways
Of knowing lie. And many a vile surprise
Blunts soul and keen desire. And having viewed
Their little share of life, with briefest fates,
Like smoke they are lifted up and flit away,
Believing only what each chances on,

-15-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Dedication. iii
  • Preface. v
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Empedocles: the Man, the Philosopher, the Poet. 1
  • Bibliography. 13
  • On Nature. 15
  • The Purifications. 53
  • Notes. on Nature. 67
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