This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams-all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a newly discovered major papyrus of Empedocles.… (more)
Hail, children of Zeus, grant a sweet song and tell of the holy race of the immortals who exist forever, those who came from Earth and from starry Heaven and from dark Night, and those whom the salt Sea reared, and the gods, givers of good things, who came from them.
A sign of this is the fact that when we try to remember something there is a constriction in the chest and when we find it, there is a relaxation and we are relieved of the pain.