Posidonius: Volume 3, The Translation of the Fragments

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Cambridge University Press, 1972 - Literary Criticism - 432 pages
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Posidonius was a major intellectual figure of the Hellenistic world whose interests and contribution spread over the whole intellectual field: philosophy, history, the sciences. His writings are of interest not only to philosophers and classicists, but also to historians and history of science. His work survives only in fragments. The text of these fragments, collected and edited by L. Edelstein and I. G. Kidd, was published in 1972 (Vol. I The Fragments), with a second edition in 1989. This collection, along with Vol. II The Commentary by I.G. Kidd (1988), has become established as the definitive modern edition. However, many of the fragments are extremely difficult to translate, and this volume of translations has been compiled to make this interesting material more easily accessible to scholars and students. The translations are accompanied by contextual introductions and explanatory notes where necessary. An Introduction summarises the importance of Posidonius and his work.
 

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Contents

Introduction page
1
Ethics
6
Life and influence
31
Characteristics of Posidonius philosophy
53
Testimonia doubtfully or mistakenly ascribed to Posidonius
67
5i78 History Bks H in iv v vn vin xi xiv
72
Fi3 Exhortations
73
Logic
97
Logic
251
Sciences
257
F2465i b Geographical details
316
rapolis of Seleucis
321
F25284 Alexander 32i Athenion 323 Scipio
337
History of philosophy
366
Index of sources
373
Index of proper names
382

F467 Against Zjzno of Sidon ?
106
F20oI3 Mathematical Geography
108
FRAGMENTS NOT ASSIGNED TO BOOKS
147

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