Theophrastus’De sensibus in A-fragments of Diels-Kranz. Revisiting the Testimonia and their Value

  • 1 University of Adelaide, Department of Classics, Archaeology & Ancient History, SA 5005, Adelaide, Australia
Han Baltussen
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Abstract

As a crucial source for Presocratic theories of sense perception, Theophrastus’ De sensibus deserves a closer scrutiny than the placement among A-fragments, as often suggested or instigated. This paper proposes to refine our terminology for labelling the varying quality of reporting within the A-fragments has. It supplements the existing criticism of Diels’ division by analysing neglected features. A reassessment of the assumptions underlying the terms ‘fragment’ and ‘paraphrase’ can contribute to dissolving the sharp distinction between A- and B-fragments in DK. It advocates, not equality for A-fragments, but a more inclusive and accurate evaluation of the passages.

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