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Epicurus Peripateticus

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The discovery and publication by Bergstrasser of an abridged Arabic version of a treatise by Theophrastus dealing with meteorological phenomena shed new light on Epicurus Ad Pythoclem. This chapter is concerned with two interesting points of difference. Epicurus is quite explicit about his methodology, whereas Theophrastus at least in the version of the Metarsiologika we haveis not. Furthermore, in Epicurus we find traces of a mode of exposition according to a definite pattern which is lacking in our Metarsiologika. It is jejune to believe that Theophrastus systematic meteorological treatise was Epicurus main Peripatetic source. In respect of their influence on Epicurus we may for reasons of economy to some extent coalesce the methodologies of Aristotle and Theophrastus. The chapter discusses some aspects of the reception of these Peripatetic methods in the Ad Pythoclem that have not been studied before.

Keywords: Ad Pythoclem; Epicurus; Peripatetic methods; Theophrastus



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