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Ancient philosophy, mystery, and magic : Empedocles and Pythagorean tradition

Author: Peter Kingsley
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series: Clarendon paperbacks.
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Empedocles played a crucial role in the development of western culture; yet little is known or understood about this man, who lived in Sicily in the fifth century BC. That is mainly because his teaching has been reconstructed by modern scholars first and foremost on the basis of Aristotle's hostile reports producing a picture which is disconnected and lacking in depth. Using material never exploited before, this is
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Kingsley, Peter.
Ancient philosophy, mystery, and magic.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)654403912
Named Person: Empedocles.; Empedocles.; Empedocles; Plato; Pythagoras; Empédocle; Pythagore; Empedocles.; Empedocles.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Kingsley
ISBN: 0198149883 9780198149880 0198150814 9780198150817
OCLC Number: 31901579
Description: ix, 422 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Map of Sicily and southern Italy --
Map of Egypt --
I. Philosophy. 1. Back to the Roots. 2. Aither. 3. Aer. 4. The Riddle. 5. The Sun --
II. Mystery. 6. An Introduction to Sicily. 7. The Phaedo Myth: The Geography. 8. The Phaedo Myth: The Sources. 9. The Phaedo Myth: The Structure. 10. Plato and Orpheus. 11. The Mixing-Bowl. 12. 'Wise Men and Women'. 13. Central Fire. 14. A History of Errors --
III. Magic. 15. The Magus. 16. From Sicily to Egypt. 17. The Hero. 18. Death on Etna. 19. Sandals of Bronze and Thighs of Gold. 20. Pythagoreans and Neopythagoreans. 21. 'Not to Teach but to Heal'. 22. Nestis. 23. 'Conceal My Words in Your Breast'. 24. From Empedocles to the Sufis: 'The Pythagorean Leaven' --
App. I. Parmenides and Babylon --
App. II. Nergal and Heracles --
App. III. Empedocles and the Isma'ilis.
Series Title: Clarendon paperbacks.
Responsibility: Peter Kingsley.
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