16 December 2009

Curd, Patricia (2007) Anaxagoras of Clazomenae: fragments and testimonia. A text and translation with notes and essays by Patricia Curd. Toronto etc.: University of Toronto Press. (Phoenix Pre-Socratics; 6 = Phoenix: supplementary volume; 64.) XIV, 279 p. ISBN 978-0-8020-9325-7. Price: $65 / £42.

This book is an introduction to the philosophy on Anaxagoras of Klazomenai (ca. 500-428 B.C.), which, following the pattern of the Phoenix Presocratics Series, "aims to make Anaxagoras and his ideas accessible to modern readers through translations of the ancient Greek and Latin texts and by providing explanatory notes and interpretive essays" (p. 3). The volume comprises three parts. Part I contains the Greek text and facing English translation of the fragments of Anaxagoras and their contexts. In Part II, the author presents her (philosophical rather than philological) notes on the fragments, and English translations of the testimonia according to the edition of Diels-Kranz. Part III is reserved for five essays on Anaxagoras and his philosophical background. There follows a list of notes meant as brief identifications of the sources for Anaxagoras. The book ends with a bibliography and four indexes.

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