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Parmenides, B 8. 4

  • John R. Wilson (a1)

The text of Parmenides 8. 4 is unusually corrupt. Most recent critics, however, agree that Plutarch's printed in the later editions of DielsKranz, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, should be excluded in favour of As G. E. L. Owen remarks (‘Eleatic Questions’, CQ [1960], 102), ‘[Plutarch's] is inappropriate since is to be proved from and not vice versa’.

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page 32 note 1 Owen, loc. cit., sees the need for some such emendation. Covotti's solution is defended by Leonardo Tarán in his commentary ad loc. (Partnenides, a text with translation, commentary and critical essays, Princeton, 1965). Simplicius reads in line 4 only when he quotes the line in isolation. In context it is altogether ruled out by the of the previous line.

page 33 note 1 See Chantraine, Pierre, La Formation des noms en Grec ancien (Paris, 1933), 424.

page 33 note 2 But cf. the meanings ‘inborn’ for and ‘unborn’ for which shows that even in these words the sense ‘begotten’ is operative in the suffix. To this isolated trio of = ‘kin’ words, Plato adds and the pair while Aristotle contributes

page 34 note 1 Littre introduces it by emendation at Hippocr, . Anat. 8. 540 L.

page 34 note 2 Cf. Meister, Karl, Die homerische Kunstsprache (Leipzig, 1921; repr. Darmstadt, 1966), 207.

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