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(Κρατύλος; Kratýlos). Best known  Heraclitean, probably from Athens. Aristotle attributes C. with a radical rephrasing of  Heraclitus' statement that one cannot step into the same river twice (22 bk. 91 DK). C. supposedly claimed that one cannot step even once into the same river (Aristot. Metaph. 1010a 7ff. = 65 4 DK). This statement is understood as the idea that everything is always in motion and subject to change in every way, also as a denial of any possible identity. According to Aristotle,…

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Betegh, Gábor (Budapest), “Cratylus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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