Ecphantus, Testimonia

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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY IV

ECPHANTUS [51 DK]

P Origin (P1)

P1 (< 58A.) Iambl. VP 267

[1]: Κροτωνιᾶται [. . .] Ἔκφαντος [. . .] [cf. PYTH. b T30[1]].

D A General Summary (D1)

D1 (51.1) (Ps.-?) Hippol. Ref. 1.15

Ἔκφαντός τις Συρακούσιος ἔφη μὴ εἶναι ἀληθινὴν τῶν ὄντων λαβεῖν γνῶσιν· ὁρίζει δὲ ὡς νομίζει,1 τὰ μὲν πρῶτα ἀδιαίρετα εἶναι σώματα καὶ παραλλαγὰς αὐτῶν τρεῖς ὑπάρχειν, μέγεθος σχῆμα δύναμιν, ἐξ ὧν τὰ αἰσθητὰ γίνεσθαι. εἶναι δὲ τὸ πλῆθος αὐτῶν, ὡρισμένων κατὰ2 τοῦτο, ἄπειρον. κινεῖσθαι δὲ τὰ σώματα

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ECPHANTUS

ECPHANTUS

P Origin (P1)

P1 (< 58A.) Iamblichus, Life of Pythagoras

[1] From Croton: [. . .] Ecphantus [. . .].

D A General Summary (D1)

D1 (51.1) (Ps.-?) Hippolytus, Refutation of All the Heresies

A certain Ecphantus of Syracuse said that it is not possible to acquire true knowledge of the things that are, and he makes definitions just as he supposes: the first things are indivisible bodies and their variations are of three kinds, size, form, and capability, and it is out of these that visible things come to be. The number of these, defined in this way (?), is unlimited. These bodies are moved neither by

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.ecphantus-testimonia.2016