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By John Burnet

When you are contemplating this publication, i discovered it obtainable to newcomers, since it used to be the *first* ebook at the Presocratics I learn, and that i obtained via it superb (with no past Greek Philosophy instruction). now not as "strenuous" as Kirk & Raven which had rates imbedded in footnotes and so on. making it extra of a "scholarly" factor (but additionally first-class nonetheless).

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This may have seemed natural enough to men familiar with the river of Egypt which had formed the Delta, and the torrents of Asia Minor which bring down large alluvial deposits. At the present day the Gulf of Latmos, on which Miletos used to stand, is filled up. Lastly, they thought, earth turns once more to water—an idea derived from the observation of dew, night-mists, and subterranean springs. For these last were not in early times supposed to have anything to do with the rain. 39 11. 41 Cicero found a similar statement in the Epicurean manual which he followed, but he goes a step further.

51 13. 52 He seems once at least to have quoted Anaximander's own words, and he criticised his style. Here are the remains of what he said of him in the First Book: Anaximander of Miletos, son of Praxiades, a fellow-citizen and associate of Thales,53 said that the material cause and first element of things was the Infinite, he being the first to introduce this name of the material cause. —Phys. Op. fr. 2 (Dox. p. 476; R. P. 16). "—Hipp. Ref. i. 6 (R. P. 17 a). —Phys. Op. fr. 2 (R. P. 16). —Hipp.

I. 74. 9. For the theories held by Anaximander and Herakleitos, see infra, §§ 19, 71. 10. Diog. i. 23, δοκεῖ δὲ κατά τινας πρῶτος ἀστρολογῆσαι καὶ ἡλιακὰς ἐκλείψεις καὶ τροπὰς προειπεῖν, ὥς φησιν Εὔδηµος ἐν τῇ Περὶ τῶν ἀστρολογουµένων ἱστορίᾳ, ὅθεν αὐτὸν καὶ Ξενοφάνης καὶ Ἡρόδοτος θαυµάζει. The statement that Thales "predicted" 51 solstices as well as eclipses is not so absurd as has been thought. Eudemos may very well have meant that he fixed the dates of the solstices and equinoxes more accurately than had been done before.

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