EMPEDOCLES [31 DK]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].
EMPEDOCLESD 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.