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Volume 3. The Translation of the Fragments

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  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521604413

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  • This book translates the surviving evidence for one of the most important intellectual figures of the Graeco-Roman world, whose interests spread widely over philosophy, history and the sciences. The translations are accompanied by contextual introductions and explanatory notes, and a general introduction assesses the importance of Posidonius and his contribution. The order of fragments follows exactly that of the ancient texts collected and edited by L. Edelstein and I. G. Kidd in Posidonius Vol. 1 and completes (with Vol. 2 The Commentary) what has become the definitive modern edition.

    • Only available English translation of what survives of the writings of Posidonius whose record is a crucial link with the philosophy, history and science of the Hellenistic world
    • Completion of the definitive edition of the fragmentary evidence of one of the most important and influential intellectual figures of the Hellenistic age
    • Volume I, The Fragments, and Volume II, The Commentary, have both been very successful
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " enjoyable read in themselves, as they open up a panoply of thought and give us amazing insight into the philosophical milieu of the Augustan and later ages." W. G. Sayles, The Celator

    "The success of this project cannot be overstated. It has transformed the study of Posidonius and later ancient thought in a decisive manner, especially in the English-speaking world." Brad Inwood, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "It wiil be a welcome and valuable reference for those investigating many aspects of ancient thought,especially for those interested in the history of science, historiography, and philosophy." Arthur Marmorstein, Religious Studies Review

    "Kidd, academia's preeminent authority on Posidonius, advances his reputation still further with this translation...The introduction alone makes the book worth owning, but this volume delivers much more...The translation is a valuable tool to anyone interested in Posidonius, Stoicism, and the intellectual life of the first century.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521604413
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 208 x 132 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Testimonia: Life and influence
    Characteristics of Posidonius' philosophy
    Doubtful testimonies
    Part II. Fragments and Titles of Named Books: Physics
    Sciences and history
    Doubtful fragments
    Part III. Fragments Not Assigned to Books: Divisions and Content of Philosophy
    History of philosophy

  • Author



    I. G. Kidd, University of St Andrews, Scotland

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