EMPEDOCLES EMULATING ANAXAGORAS AND PYTHAGORAS (D. L. VIII, 56)

Diogenes Laertius cites Alcidamas for the statement that Empedocles emulated Anaxagoras and Pythagoras in dignity of bearing and the philosophy of nature. Contrary to the standard view, there is much in the evidence to support the natural understanding of Alcidamas’ statement that Empedocles imitated Anaxagoras in his manners and Pythagoras in his teaching.

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