A Presocratics Reader (2nd Edition) by Patricia Curd

By Patricia Curd

Construction at the virtues that made the 1st variation of A Presocratics Reader the main common sourcebook for the learn of the Presocratics and Sophists, the second one variation bargains much more worth and a much broader collection of fragments from those philosophical predecessors and contemporaries of Socrates.

With revised introductions, annotations, feedback for extra studying, and extra, the second one variation attracts at the wealth of recent scholarship released on those attention-grabbing thinkers during the last decade or extra, a remarkably wealthy interval in Presocratic studies.

At the quantity s middle, as ever, are the fragments themselves yet now in completely revised and, from time to time, new translations through Richard D. McKirahan and Patricia Curd, between them these of the lately released Derveni Papyrus.

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And to calm the storm that was raging inside my head, I left Paris and went to a small town a few miles away where as a youth I had spent many happy hours at the home of some elderly relatives of mine, since deceased. I had enjoyed coming there often to watch the sun go down from a vantage point near their house. There was also a terrace there, shaded by linden-trees, which reminded me of some girl cousins I had grown up with. One of them ... But could I really have been thinking of comparing that kind of childish puppy-love to the love that had devoured my youth?

All right," I said to myself, "let's do battle 13Amphitryon: a Theban prince, husband to Alcmena. Zeus assumed the form of Amphitryon while the real Amphitryon had gone off to war; the child Zeus sired by Alcmena was Hercules. In additon to Heinrich von Kleist (see note 12), Plautus, Moliere, Dryden and Giraudoux have written dramas based on this legend. Sosia: Amphitryon's male slave. The god Mercury takes on the form of Sosia, on the orders of Jupiter (Zeus), to prevent the real Sosia from reaching Alcmena with a message from the real Amphitryon.

When one is feeling wretched, he thinks about the misfortunes of others. I had been remiss in failing to visit one of my dearest friends, who I had been told was ill. As I drew near the place where he was being treated, I reproached myself bitterly for this delinquency. I was even more devastated when my friend told me later that he had been at the point of death the night before. I entered a sunny, whitewashed hospital room. Sunlight was tracing cheerful angular patterns on the walls and playing over a vase of :flowers which a nun had just placed on the patient's table.

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