Philolaus, Testimonia, Part 2: Doctrine (D)

LCL 527: 154-155

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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY IV

PHILOLAUS [44 DK]

D Philolaus’ Book (D1)

D1 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 8.85

a

τοῦτόν φησι Δημήτριος ἐν Ὁμωνύμοις [Frag. 26 Mejer] πρῶτον ἐκδοῦναι τῶν Πυθαγορικῶν1 περὶ2 φύσεως, ὧν ἀρχὴ ἥδε· [. . . = D2].

b

γέγραφε δὲ βιβλίον ἕν [. . . = P8].

The Principles (D2–D5)

D2 (B1) Diog. Laert. 8.85

1 φύσις δ’ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἁρμόχθη ἐξ ἀπείρων τε καὶ περαινόντων καὶ ὅλος <ὁ>2 κόσμος καὶ τὰ ἐν αὐτῷ πάντα.

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PHILOLAUS

PHILOLAUS

D Philolaus’ Book (D1)

D1 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

a

Demetrius in his Homonyms says that he [i.e. Philolaus] was the first of the Pythagoreans to publish on nature [or: an On Nature]; this is its beginning: [. . . = D2].

b

He wrote [scil. only] one book [. . .].

The Principles (D2–D5)

D2 (B1) Diogenes Laertius [The beginning of his book, cf. D1a]

Nature in the world was fitted together [harmozein] out of unlimited things and limiting ones, both the whole world and everything in it.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philolaus-doctrine.2016