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Anaxagoras of Clazomenae.

Anaxagoras of Clazomenae

Patricia Curd, translator and essayist

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Anaxagoras of Clazomenae: Fragments and Testimonia collects all the surviving fragments of the writings of the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras of Clazomenae (circa 500 B.C.-428 B.C.), both in their original Greek text and modern English translation, supplemented with extensive annotation as well as five essays that ponder the philosophical and interpretive questions Anaxagoras raised. Anaxagoras himself was a friend of Pericles; his concepts would later be reflected in the works of Sophocles and Aristophanes. Among Anaxagoras' assertions were the concept that the Mind is the ordering principle of the cosmos; that everything is in everything; and that the possibilities of coming to be or passing away should be refuted. He explained solar eclipses and wrote at length about astronomical, meteorological, and biological phenomena. His philosophical doctrines led to his exile from Athens, for the transgression of impiety. A list of sources, bibliography, and general index round out this absolute "musthave" for classic Greek philosophy and college library shelves.
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Date:Dec 1, 2007
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