Plutarch as a source for Empedocles

Marshall, Hallie Rebecca (2002) Plutarch as a source for Empedocles. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is two-fold: (1) to evaluate Plutarch's value as a witness to Empedocles' work, which survives only in fragments; and (2) to discuss whether it is possible to reconstruct Empedocles' Eis Empedoklea. It consists of five chapters. Chapter one is an introduction to the thesis topic and the previous scholarship on this subject. Chapter two gives a brief introduction to Plutarch and his interest in Plato. It examines how Plutarch cites Plato in Platonic Questions I-X (Moralia 999C-101 IF). Chapter three discusses what is known about the text of Empedocles' work and Plutarch's interest in that work. It examines the Empedoclean quotations found in Plutarch's Moralia. Chapter four discusses whether it is possible to reconstruct Plutarch's Eis Empedoklea. Chapter five is a brief summary which brings together the material from the previous chapters.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1610
Item ID: 1610
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 104-107
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Classics
Date: 2002
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Empedocles--Influence; Plutarch; Plutarch--Sources; Philosophy, Ancient, in literature

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