By Simplicius, C.C.W. Taylor, Pamela M. Huby

ISBN-10: 0715639218

ISBN-13: 9780715639214

In this quantity Simplicius bargains with Aristotle's account of the Presocratics, and for lots of of them he's our leader or maybe sole authority. He prices at size from Melissus, Parmenides and Zeno, occasionally from their unique works but additionally from later writers from Plato onwards, drawing rather on Alexander's misplaced statement on Aristotle's Physics and on Porphyry. a lot of his method is simply scholarly, yet in locations he finds his Neoplatonist association and makes an attempt to teach the elemental contract between his predecessors even with their obvious differences.

This quantity, a part of the groundbreaking Ancient Commentators on Aristotle sequence, interprets into English for the 1st time Simplicius' statement, and encompasses a special advent, vast explanatory notes and a bibliography.

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4. 16 Compare the stories of the birth of Zeus, Cyrus, Cypselus, etc. CHAPTER 1 Jason in Iolcus, with another turn of the Bad Uncle's char­ acteristic weapons of trickery back upon their originator. Unlike Pelias7 however, Jason can also use openness and gentleness. "Tell me clearly," he says to the citizens of Iol­ cus in looking for the house of his father (117b); and he de­ clares his identity openly in the next line. It is character­ istic of Jason's forthrightness that even before he knows for certain whom he is addressing he replies to Pelias' question about his identity with the honest, unflattering truth about his behavior (athemin Pelianl 109).

21 Apollo's oracle told that Pelias would die by an Aeolid's strength of "hands or by plottings not to be turned away" (χείρεσσιν ή βουλαΐς άκάμπτοις, 72). Force and guile are juxtaposed as alternative modes of action. ). 'inven­ tion de la mythologie, 99; also Komornicka (1972) 245 and 251f. On the ambiguities of daidalos in general, see F. Frontisi-Ducroux, D6dale (Pans 1975), especially 68ff. and 79ff. , 293; see in general Robbins, 211-13. CHAPTER 1 outcome ambiguous. In the sequel Pelias' doom does not in fact come by heroic force.

Xoi μοναρχεϊν / καί βασιλευέμεν δμνυμι προήσειν ("I swear to give up sole rule and the kingship"). Pelias' έκών, "willingly," in 165 is perhaps taken up and counteracted by the divinely offered help of Boreas, another basileus, who "willingly, with joyful spirit," sends his Argonaut sons in 181. See also below, chap. 7, sec. v. 20 On the emphatic placement of 231 at the opening of a new strophic system, see Burton, 165, and Mullen, 95. Aeetes later speaks of the fleece as a "skin" and even mentions the knife of Phrixos which layed it out CHAPTER 2 Aeetes' response to Jason's success, correspondingly, has an openness and emotional force totally lacking in the crafty Pelias: he "cried out in grief, unspeakable though it was, astonished at the power" (ΐυξεν δ' άφωνητφ περ εμπας άχει / δΰνασιν Αίήτας άγασθείς, 237).

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