Parmenides and Empedocles

The Fragments in Verse Translation

By Parmenides, Empedocles

Translated by Stanley Lombardo

Parmenides and Empedocles

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  • ISBN: 9781610971621
  • Pages: 78
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2011
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Parmenides and Empedocles

The Fragments in Verse Translation

By Parmenides, Empedocles

Translated by Stanley Lombardo

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  • ISBN: 9781610971621
  • Pages: 78
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2011
  • Retail Price: $13.00
Web Price: $10.40

About-

Parmenides and Empedocles, along with Heraclitus the most important of the pre-Socratic philosophers, were at the same time among the greatest poets of the ancient world. But their work is rarely treated and still more rarely translated in its original form--as poetry. The complete extant fragments of Parmenides and Empedocles are collected here for the first time in a translation responsive to the original verse texts.

Parmenides' philosophical fragments are here given as the poetic remains of the thinker from Elea in Southern Italy whom Socrates wondered at and Plato held in awe. What emerges from the poetry is at once an uncompromising vision of absolute Being and a compassionate understanding of the human cosmos:

It is the body grows to Mind.
All men desire the same thing, apprehend the same
The plenum is thought, and thought preponderates.

The poetry of Empedocles--reincarnationist, naturalist, cosmologist, religious leader, physiologist, and a metaphysician--is presented here in the personal idiom of the fifth-century Sicilian who has been called the last of the Greek shamans:

I have already been
A bush and a bird
A boy and a girl
A mute fish in the sea.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Lombardo's transformation of hard Greek into sound and lucid English is an enviable example of the translator's art. He translates well because he writes well; he writes well because he knows the tone, texture and weight of words, how to keep English idiomatic and natural, how to build a phrase and a sentence. Everyone interested in the Greek spirit will welcome this confident rendering of two difficult masterpieces."
--Guy Davenport, Professor Emeritus, the University of Kentucky

Contributors-

Parmenides
Empedocles
Stanley Lombardo

Bio(s)-

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics at The University of Kansas.

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