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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY V

ALCMAEON [24 DK]

D Alcmaeon’s Writings (D1–D3)

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a (<A1) Diog. Laert. 8.83

δοκεῖ δὲ πρῶτος φυσικὸν λόγον συγγεγραφέναι, καθά φησι Φαβωρῖνος ἐν Παντοδαπῇ ἱστορίᾳ [Frag. 79 Amato].

b (A2) Clem. Alex. Strom. 1.78.3

Ἀλκμαίων γοῦν Περίθου Κροτωνιάτης πρῶτος φυσικὸν λόγον συνέταξεν.

D2 (A2) Gal. Elem. Hipp. 1.9.27 (p. 134.16–19 De Lacy)

τὰ γὰρ τῶν παλαιῶν ἅπαντα Περὶ φύσεως ἐπιγέγραπται, τὰ Μελίσσου, τὰ Παρμενίδου, τὰ Ἐμπεδοκλέους Ἀλκμαίωνός τε καὶ Γοργίου καὶ Προδίκου καὶ τῶν ἄλλων ἁπάντων.

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ALCMAEON

ALCMAEON

D Alcmaeon’s Writings (D1–D3)

D1

a (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

He seems to have been the first person to have written a treatise of natural philosophy, as Favorinus says in his Miscellaneous History.

b (A2) Clement of Alexandria, Stromata

Alcmaeon of Croton, son of Perithus, was the first person to compose a discourse about nature.

D2 (A2) Galen, On the Elements According to Hippocrates

For all of the writings of the ancients are entitled On Nature: those of Melissus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Alcmaeon as well as of Gorgias, Prodicus, and all the others.1

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.alcmaeon-doctrine.2016