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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY VI

ANAXAGORAS [59 DK]

R Earliest References and Allusions to Anaxagoras (R1–R3) Democritus (R1–R2)

R1 (< A5) Diog. Laert. 9.34–35

Φαβωρῖνος δέ φησιν ἐν Παντοδαπῇ ἱστορίᾳ [Frag. 81 Amato] λέγειν Δημόκριτον περὶ Ἀναξαγόρου ὡς οὐκ εἴησαν αὐτοῦ αἱ δόξαι αἵ τε περὶ ἡλίου καὶ σελήνης, ἀλλὰ ἀρχαῖαι, τὸν δὲ ὑφῃρῆσθαι· [35] διασύρειν τε αὐτοῦ τὰ περὶ τῆς διακοσμήσεως καὶ τοῦ νοῦ, ἐχθρῶς ἔχοντα πρὸς αὐτόν, ὅτι δὴ μὴ προσήκατο αὐτόν. πῶς οὖν κατά τινας ἀκήκοεν αὐτοῦ;

R2 (B21a) Sext. Emp. Adv. Math. 7.140

ὄψις γὰρ τῶν ἀδήλων τὰ φαινόμενα, ὥς φησιν Ἀναξαγόρας [D6], ὃν ἐπὶ τούτῳ Δημόκριτος ἐπαινεῖ [. . .].

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R Earliest References and Allusions to Anaxagoras (R1–R3) Democritus (R1–R2)

R1 (< A5) Diogenes Laertius

Favorinus reports in his Miscellaneous History that Democritus said about Anaxagoras that the opinions he expressed about the sun and moon were not his own but were ancient, and that he had stolen them; and that he [i.e. Democritus] tore to pieces what he [i.e. Anaxagoras] said about the cosmic ordering and mind, displaying hostility toward him because he [i.e. Anaxagoras] had not accepted him to his company. So how could he have been his student, as some people maintain?1

R2 (B21a) Sextus Empiricus, Against the Logicians

For “appearances: vision of things that are invisible” [D6], as is said by Anaxagoras, whom Democritus praises for this [. . .] [cf. ATOM. D14–D23].

  • 1The relation between this report and P10 (cf. ATOM. R8) is problematic: was it Anaxagoras who rejected Democritus, or was it the other way around?
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.anaxagoras-reception.2016