Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Empedocles
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(Ἐμπεδοκλῆς/Empedoklês; Latin Empedocles)

A. Historical dimension

E. (c. 483–423 BC) was a Pre-Socratic philosopher, natural historian, physician and orator. His life and works are described by the Greek historian of philosophy, Diogenes Laertius (8,51–77). E. lived at Acragas (now Agrigento), Sicily. Many anecdotes and legends circulate, in particular concerning his death, and Diogenes Laertius (8,67–72) undertakes a thorough discussion of some of them. The best-known tells that E. jumped into the cra…

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Görner, Rüdiger, “Empedocles”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004628>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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