Diogenes of Apollonia, Testimonia, Part 2: Doctrine (D)

LCL 529: 226-227

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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY VI

DIOGENES OF APOLLONIA [64 DK]

D More Than One Treatise? (D1)

D1 (< A4) Simpl. In Phys., p. 151.24–29

[. . .] ἰστέον ὡς γέγραπται μὲν πλείονα τῷ Διογένει τούτῳ συγγράμματα (ὡς αὐτὸς ἐν τῷ Περὶ φύσεως ἐμνήσθη καὶ πρὸς φυσιολόγους ἀντειρηκέναι λέγων, οὓς καλεῖ καὶ αὐτὸς σοφιστάς, καὶ Μετεωρολογίαν γεγραφέναι, ἐν ᾗ καὶ λέγει περὶ τῆς ἀρχῆς εἰρηκέναι, καὶ μέντοι καὶ Περὶ ἀνθρώπου φύσεως), ἐν δέ γε τῷ Περὶ φύσεως, ὃ τῶν αὐτοῦ μόνον εἰς ἐμὲ ἦλθε, προτίθεται μὲν διὰ πολλῶν δεῖξαι ὅτι [. . . = D5a, R7].

The Beginning of the Treatise: A Metholodogical Remark (D1)

D2 (B1) Diog. Laert. 9.57

λόγου παντὸς ἀρχόμενον δοκεῖ μοι χρεὼν εἶναι τὴν

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DIOGENES OF APOLLONIA

DIOGENES OF APOLLONIA

D More Than One Treatise? (D1)

D1 (< A4) Simplicius, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics

[. . .] one must know that this Diogenes wrote a number of treatises, as he himself says in his On Nature, when he says that he wrote a reply against the natural philosophers, whom he himself calls ‘sophists’ [or: ‘wise men,’ sophistai], and also wrote a Meteorology, in which he says that he has spoken about the principle, and also On the Nature of Man; but at least in his On Nature, which is the only book of his that has reached me, he proposes to demonstrate by means of numerous arguments that [. . .].1

The Beginning of the Treatise: A Methodological Remark (D2)

D2 (B1) Diogenes Laertius

It is my view that it is necessary, when one begins (arkhesthai) any discourse, to provide a beginning

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.diogenes_apollonia-doctrine.2016