Empedocles, Testimonia, Part 2: Doctrine (D)

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D Two Poems of Empedocles: The Testimonia (D1–D3)

D1 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 8.77 (= Lobon Frag. 12 Garulli)

τὰ μὲν οὖν Περὶ φύσεως αὐτῷ καὶ οἱ Καθαρμοὶ εἰς ἔπη τείνουσι πεντακισχίλια [. . . = P25b].

D2 (< A2) Suda E.1002

καὶ ἔγραψε δι᾽ ἐπῶν Περὶ φύσεως τῶν ὄντων βιβλία βʹ.1 καὶ ἔστιν ἔπη ὡς δισχίλια [. . . = P26].

D3 (A12) Athen. Deipn. 14.12 620D

τοὺς δ’ Ἐμπεδοκλέους Καθαρμοὺς ἐραψῴδησεν Ὀλυμπίασι Κλεομένης ὁ ῥαψῳδός, ὥς φησιν Δικαίαρχος ἐν τῷ Ὀλυμπικῷ [Frag. 87 Wehrli].

  • 1βιβλία βʹ mss.: βιβλία γʹ ed. princ.: lac. post βιβλία conj. Primavesi



D Two Poems of Empedocles: The Testimonia (D1–D3)1

D1 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

His works On Nature and The Purifications extend to five thousand lines [. . .].

D2 (< A2) Suda

He wrote in hexameters On the Nature of The Things that Are1 in two books, about two thousand lines [. . .].

D3 (A12) Athenaeus, Deipnosophists

Cleomenes the rhapsode recited Empedocles’ Purifications at Olympia, as Dicaearchus says in his Olympic Dialogue.

See also ALCM. D2

  • 1For other works attributed to Empedocles, see P25–P26.
  • 1The notice in the Suda is unambiguous, but the fact that it does not mention the Purifications has led some scholars to postulate a lacuna, including perhaps an indication of length, in order to harmonize this information with D1, which is doubtless its source.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.empedocles-doctrine.2016