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Deconstructing Doxography

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In a paper recently published in Philologus Leonid Ya. Zhmud has criticized attempts by the author and others to revise Diels' reconstruction and interpretation of the ancient doxographical traditions. The author gives a few examples and concentrates on the few pages where Z. seems to present arguments in favour of what he apparently believes to be an unrevised Dielsian orthodoxy. Z. in fact follows Diels succinct account of Theophrastus doxographical work in the Doxographi Graeci but cites what is to be found there as selectively as he treats what he calls the new doxography. According to the author, Z.s view of the historical nature of Theophrastus dialectic, mainly based on his interpretation of the term ίστοϱία in a number of references and quotations is untenable.

Keywords: Dielsian orthodoxy; Doxographi Graeci; doxographical traditions; Hermann Diels



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