Empedocles on the Origin of Plants: P. Strasb. gr. Inv. 1665-1666, sections d, b and f

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Abstract

This study seeks to improve the text of section d of the Strasbourg papyrus of Empedocles. It builds on the reconstruction advanced by Janko 2004, who proposes attributing sections f and b to the same column as section d and that all three sections are from column 12 of the ancient roll. My main departure from Janko will be to argue that the unity of lines d 11-18 plus sections b and f can be better shown if we assume that the passage is a description of the origins of plants alone, not of animals or of living things in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPresocratics and Papyrological Tradition
Subtitle of host publicationA Philosophical Reappraisal of the Sources
EditorsChristian Vassallo
Place of PublicationBerlin; Boston
Publisherde Gruyter
Chapter11
Pages271-297
VolumeStudia Praesocratica
ISBN (Electronic)9783110666106
ISBN (Print)9783110663211
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019

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