Xenophanes, Testimonia, Part 2: Doctrine (D)

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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY III

XENOPHANES [21 DK]

D Writings (D1–D6) Meters and Subjects (D1)

D1 (< A1) Diog. Laert. 9. 18, 20

[18] γέγραφε δὲ ἐν ἔπεσι καὶ ἐλεγείας καὶ ἰάμβους καθ᾽ Ἡσιόδου καὶ Ὁμήρου, ἐπικόπτων αὐτῶν τὰ περὶ θεῶν εἰρημένα. ἀλλὰ καὶ αὐτὸς ἐρραψῴδει τὰ ἑαυτοῦ. [. . .] [20] ἐποίησε δὲ καὶ Κολοφῶνος κτίσιν καὶ τὸν εἰς Ἐλέαν τῆς Ἰταλίας ἀποικισμὸν ἔπη δισχίλια.

His Satires, Known Under the Title Mockeries (Silloi) (D2–D5)

D2 (> A20) Strab. 14.1.28

[. . .] καὶ Ξενοφάνης ὁ φυσικός, ὁ τοὺς Σίλλους ποιήσας διὰ ποιημάτων.

D3 (> A22) Procl. In Hes. Op. 286

καὶ τί δεῖ τούτους λέγειν, ὅπου γε καὶ Ξενοφάνης1 διὰ

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XENOPHANES

XENOPHANES

D Writings (D1–D6) Meters and Subjects (D1)

D1 (< A1) Diogenes Laertius

[18] He wrote in dactylic hexameters, elegiac couplets, and iambs against Hesiod and Homer, deriding what they said about the gods. But he himself also performed as a rhapsode his own compositions. [. . .] [20] He also composed poetry on the foundation of Colophon and on the colonization of Elea in Italy, two thousand verses.

His Satires, Known Under the Title Mockeries (Silloi) (D2–D5)

D2 (A20) Strabo, Geography

[. . .] and Xenophanes the natural philosopher, who composed Mockeries in verses.

D3 (> A22) Proclus, Commentary on Hesiod’s Works and Days

And why do we need to speak of these [scil. celebrated polemicists: Archilochus, Hipponax, Timocrates, and Metrodorus],

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.xenophanes-doctrine.2016