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This webpage reproduces one of the
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Diogenes Laërtius

published in the Loeb Classical Library, 1925

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(Vol. II) Διογένης Λαέρτιος
Βίων τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων

(Βιβλίον η´)

 p396  Κεφ. ε´. Ἀλκμαίων

[link to English translation] (83) Ἀλκμαίων Κροτωνιάτης. καὶ οὗτος Πυθαγόρου διήκουσε· καὶ τὰ πλεῖστά γε ἰατρικὰ λέγει, ὅμως δὲ καὶ φυσιολογεῖ ἐνίοτε λέγων "δύο δὲ πολλά ἐστι τῶν ἀνθρωπίνων." δοκεῖ δὲ πρῶτος φυσικὸν λόγον συγγεγραφέναι, καθά φησι Φαβωρῖνος ἐν Παντοδαπῇ ἱστορίᾳ, καὶ τὴν σελήνην καθόλου​1 <τε τὰ ὑπὲρ> ταύτην ἔχειν ἀΐδιον φύσιν.

Ἦν δὲ Πειρίθου υἱός, ὡς αὐτὸς ἐναρχόμενος τοῦ συγγράμματός φησιν· " Ἀλκμαίων Κροτωνιάτης τάδε ἔλεξε Πειρίθου υἱὸς Βροτίνῳ καὶ Λέοντι καὶ Βαθύλλῳ· 'περὶ τῶν ἀφανέων, περὶ τῶν θνητῶν σαφήνειαν μὲν θεοὶ ἔχοντι, ὡς δ’ ἀνθρώποις τεκμαίρεσθαι' " καὶ τὰ ἑξῆς· ἔφη δὲ καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν ἀθάνατον, καὶ κινεῖσθαι αὐτὴν συνεχὲς ὡς τὸν ἥλιον.

Critical Note:

1 καθόλου] καὶ θόλον dubitanter Apelt, coll. II.9: post καθόλου <τε τὰ ὑπὲρ> inseruit Diels: ὅλον τὸν οὐρανὸν Zeller.

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