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(Ἐμπεδοκλῆς; Empedoklês).

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[1] from Agrigentum Pre-Socratic

Pre-Socratic (c. 490-430 BC). His most important works: the Nature poem ‘On the origins of the world’ (so-called Περὶ φύσεως, Perì phýseōs) and the ‘Purifications’ (Καθαρμοί, Katharmoí), both in epic hexameters. The following presentation distinguishes between the two works. [1; 2] argue for unity.

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A. Sources

A large part of our knowledge about E. depends on the quotations and c…

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Bollack, Jean (Paris), Primavesi, Oliver (Munich) and Pressler, Frank (Heidelberg), “Empedocles”, 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 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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