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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY II

PHERECYDES [7 DK]

D Title and Contents of Pherecydes’ Book (D1–D4)

D1 (< A2) Suda Φ.214

ἔστι δὲ ἅπαντα ἃ συνέγραψε, ταῦτα· Ἑπτάμυχος ἤτοι Θεοκρασία ἢ Θεογονία. ἔστι δὲ θεολογία1 ἔχουσα θεῶν γένεσιν καὶ διαδοχάς.2

D2 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 1.116

τοῦτόν φησι Θεόπομπος [FGrHist 115 F71] πρῶτον περὶ φύσεως καὶ1 θεῶν Ἕλλησι2 γράψαι.

D3 (A11) Max. Tyr. Diss. 4.4.5

ἀλλὰ καὶ τοῦ Συρίου τὴν ποίησιν σκόπει, τὸν Ζῆνα

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D Title and Contents of Pherecydes’ Book (D1–D4)

D1 (< A2) Suda

These are all of his writings: The Seven Nooks1 or Mixture of the Gods or Theogony. It is a theology comprising the birth and successions of the gods.

D2 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

Theopompus says that he was the first to write for the Greeks about nature and the gods.

D3 (A11) Maximus of Tyre, Philosophical Orations

Consider also the poetry of the man from Syros: Zeus,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pherecydes-doctrine.2016