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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 29th 1999 by Routledge (first published 1997)
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A brave attempt to tie together the disparate fragments of the teachings of Democritus. His works are nearly nonexistent today, thanks to Plato's jealousy and the eventual thorough sacking of the Library of Alexandria by "Saint" Cyril of Alexandria, the Christian mob and later Arab invaders. Perhaps these despoilers would have stayed the torch if they had absorbed a modicum of Democritus's teachings on moderation and selflessness.
Mar 12, 2010 Jared rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beginning philosophers
Recommended to Jared by: Found on a library bookshelf
This premier is probably about all I could handle of this style of writing. The author was probably trying to cram in every little bit he could about Democritus, so I'll give him a pass on how dry the reading was (and, hey, maybe he intended it to be nothing more than an additional text book for a college class on the history of philosophy).

However, I really enjoyed the journey of discovery it took me on. I wasn't aware that Democritus was the first recorded individual to theorize the existence
An excellent survey of Democritus' ideas on many subjects, including physics, medicine, politics, and ethics, that draws heavily on the extant fragments of his work. A quick read but a worthy one.
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Paul Anthony Cartledge is the 1st A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University, having previously held a personal chair in Greek History at Cambridge. He was educated at St Paul's School & New College, Oxford where he took his 1st degree & completed his doctoral thesis in Spartan archaeology in 1975 under Prof. Sir John Boardman. After a period at the University of War ...more
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