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7. Successions And Sects

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In Book II, as reconstructed in Part II of this book, the names of venerable archegetes of the Successions, or of their earliest followers, are often found in the first lemmata of chapters. The number of abstracts with namelabels from A in P is thirteen, plus two referring to Successions. The number in S is twenty-one, plus one referring to Succession. The number in T is thirteen. This chapter discusses evidence about Successions and Sects found elsewhere in the Placita. Summing this up, it can be said that with some effort several diadochic groupings can still be discerned: the Succession of Eleatics, and that of the Early Ionians. We also have (the Succession of) Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Diels failed to indicate that the Successions and Sects are also represented elsewhere in A.

Keywords: diadochic groupings; Early Ionians; Placita; Sects; Succession of Eleatics; Successions; venerable archegetes



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