Aristotle, Minor Works

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have been compiled, though parts of some (e.g. the Mechanica and De Melisso, Xenopkane, Gorgia), did not reach their present form until a much later date. All these treatises form part of the Aristotelian Corpus, which has come down to us, and, although they are probably none of them genuinely Aristotelian in the strict sense of the word, they all reflect the teaching of his school, and are in themselves extremely interesting. Perhaps the Mechanica is the most convincing, but the De Lineis Insectabilibus not only argues closely really abstruse mathematical problems, but reminds us that it is only within living memory that Euclid has been superseded in our schools as a teacher of geometry.

In the notes upon the mathematical treatises I have had the great advantage of comments and criticisms from Mr. J. Storr-Best, B.A., who has read them all and in places suggested valuable additions or alterations.

The text has, as a whole, suffered more from transcription and translation than most of Aristotle’s work, and, in spite of a great deal of scholarly emendation, many passages have to be abandoned as hopeless, or entirely rewritten. The text used for this volume is that of Bekker, except in a few cases where the 1888 edition of O. Apelt has been employed. For permission to use this, our thanks are due to Messrs. Teubner of Leipzig. Where it has been necessary to emend the text, the letter B has been attached to the Bekker reading in the critical notes.

The Traditional Order

THE TRADITIONAL ORDER of the works of Aristotle as they appear since the edition of Immanuel Bekker (Berlin, 1831), and their division into volumes in this edition.

I. The Categories (Κατηγορίαι) . .1–15
On Interpretation (Περὶ ἑρμηνείας) .16–24
Prior Analytics, Books I–II (Ἀναλυτικὰ πρότερα) . . . . . 24–70
II. Posterior Analytics, Books I–II (Ἀναλυτικὰ ὕστερα) . . . . 71–100
Topica, Books I–VIII (Τοπικά) . .100–164
III. On Sophistical Refutations (Περὶ σοφιστικῶν ἐλέγχων) . . . .164–184
(The foregoing corpus of six logical treatises is known also as the Organon). (For pages 184–313 see volumes IV–VI.)
On Coming-to-be and Passing-away (Περὶ γενέσεως καὶ φθορᾶς) . .314–338
On the Cosmos (Περὶ κόσμου) . .391–401
IV. Physics, Books I–IV (Φυσική) . .184–224
V. Physics, Books V–VIII (Φυσική) .224–267
VI. On the Heavens, Books I–IV (Περὶ οὐρανοῦ) . . . . . .268–313
(For pages 314–338 see volume III.)
VII. Meteorologica, Books I–IV (Μετεωρολογικά) . . . . . .338–390
(For pages 391–401 see volume III.)