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Additional Fragments Of Arius Didymus On Physics

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For more than a century a minor but not insignificant figure in the study of ancient philosophy has been the doxographer Arius Didymus. Ever since Meineke and Diels presented their hypothesis, it has been customary to attribute in this chapter, all located in Eusebius and Stobaeus, to this obscure personage. The chapter reexamines the question of the separation of the Didymean material on physics in Stobaeus Eclogae afresh. It shows that Diels criteria need to be refined and more consistently applied. During the last 15 years there has been a gradual realization that the hypothesis has its shaky aspects, but no direct challenge was mounted. In the light of the sceptical remarks about the MeinekeDiels hypothesis outlined, it is worth emphasizing that there can be no doubt whatsoever that Stobaeus did make use of a work of Arius Didymus.

Keywords: Arius Didymus; MeinekeDiels hypothesis; Stobaeus



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