Pherecydes, Testimonia, Part 3: Reception (R)

LCL 525: 182-183

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R The Earliest References and Allusions (R1–R3)

R1 (< 36 B4) Ion Chius in Diog. Laert. 1.120

Ἴων δ’ ὁ Χῖός φησιν περὶ αὐτοῦ·

ὣς ὃ μὲν ἠνορέῃ τε κεκασμένος ἠδὲ καὶ αἰδοῖ καὶ φθίμενος ψυχῇ τερπνὸν ἔχει βίοτον, εἴπερ Πυθαγόρης ἐτύμως ὁ σοφὸς περὶ πάντων ἀνθρώπων γνώμας εἶδε καὶ ἐξέμαθεν.

R2 (p. 88 Schibli) Plat. Soph. 242cd

ὁ μὲν ὡς τρία τὰ ὄντα, πολεμεῖ δὲ ἀλλήλοις ἐνίοτε αὐτῶν ἄττα πῃ, τοτὲ δὲ καὶ φίλα γιγνόμενα γάμους τε καὶ τόκους καὶ τροφὰς τῶν ἐκγόνων παρέχεται.




R The Earliest References and Allusions (R1–R3)

R1 (< 36 B4) Ion of Chios in Diogenes Laertius

Ion of Chios says about him [i.e. Pherecydes1]:

Thus adorned with prowess and reverence, He has a pleasant life for his soul even though he is dead, If indeed Pythagoras, truly wise beyond all [or: about all things], Made acquaintance with men’s thoughts and knew them thoroughly.

[cf. PYTH. a P29].

R2 (≠ DK) Plato, Sophist

[. . .] the one1 says that there are three beings, that at one time some of them wage war against each other, and that at another they become friends, get married, have children, and raise their offspring [cf. D5, D8D12].

  • 1It is possible, but not certain, that Plato is implicitly alluding to Pherecydes.
  • 1The pronoun could also refer to Pythagoras, whose name appears in an epigram that Diogenes Laertius has just cited.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pherecydes-reception.2016