Empedocles, Testimonia, Part 1: Person (P)

LCL 528: 330-331

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b 8.51

λέγει δὲ καὶ Ἐρατοσθένης ἐν τοῖς Ὀλυμπιονίκαις [FGrHist 241 F7] τὴν πρώτην καὶ ἑβδομηκοστὴν Ὀλυμπιάδα νενικηκέναι τὸν τοῦ Μέτωνος πατέρα, μάρτυρι χρώμενος Ἀριστοτέλει [Frag. 71 Rose].

P4 (< A6) Arist. Metaph. A3 984a11–12

Ἀναξαγόρας δὲ ὁ Κλαζομένιος τῇ μὲν ἡλικίᾳ πρότερος ὢν τούτου [. . . cf. ANAXAG. R8].

P5 (< A1) Diog. Laert.

a 8.73

ὕστερον δὲ διά τινα πανήγυριν πορευόμενον ἐπ’ ἀμάξης ὡς εἰς Μεσσήνην πεσεῖν καὶ τὸν μηρὸν κλάσαι· νοσήσαντα δ’ ἐκ τούτου τελευτῆσαι ἐτῶν ἑπτὰ καὶ ἑβδομήκοντα.

b 8.74

περὶ δὲ τῶν ἐτῶν Ἀριστοτέλης διαφέρεται· φησὶ γὰρ [Frag. 71 Rose] ἐκεῖνος ἑξήκοντα ἐτῶν αὐτὸν τελευτῆσαι· οἱ δὲ ἐννέα καὶ ἑκατόν.

P6 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 8.52

Ἀπολλόδωρος δ’ ὁ γραμματικὸς ἐν τοῖς Χρονικοῖς φησιν ὡς [FGrHist 244 F32a]



b Eratosthenes’ indication

Eratosthenes, invoking the testimony of Aristotle, also says in his Olympic Victors that the father of Meton [i.e. Empedocles’ grandfather] had won in the 71st Olympics [= 496].

P4 (< A6) Aristotle, Metaphysics

Anaxagoras of Clazomenae, who was earlier in age than him [i.e. Empedocles] [. . .].

P5 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius


Later, when he was traveling in a carriage to Messina for some festival, he fell and broke his thigh. He became ill as a result of this and died at the age of seventy-seven years.


But Aristotle differs about the age; for he says that he died at sixty years. Others say at 109 years.1

P6 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

Apollodorus the grammarian says in his Chronology,

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.empedocles-person.2016