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Mansfeld, “Epicurus Peripateticus”, in: A. ), Realtà e ragione. Studi di filosofia antica, Accademia “La Columbaria”, Studi , Firenze , – [= article  in this collection]. Mansfeld  = J. Mansfeld, “Aristote et la structure du De sensibus de Théophraste”, Phronesis  (), – [= article  in this collection]. Mansfeld–Runia  = J. T. Runia, Aetiana: The Method and Intellectual Context of a Doxographer, I: The Sources, Philosophia Antiqua , Leiden–New York–Cologne .

Lachmann  = K. Lachmann, Ueber die ursprüngliche Gestalt des Gedichts von der Nibelungen Noth, Berlin ; repr. in: K. ), K. Lachmann, Kleinere Schriften, I, Kleinere Schriften zur deutschen Philologie, –, Berlin ; repr. .  jaap mansfeld Laks  = A. Laks, “Du témoignage comme fragment”, in: Most , – . Lebedev  = A. Lebedev, “φ σις ταλαντε ουσα: neglected fragments of Democritus and Metrodorus of Chios”, Proceedings of the st International Congress on Democritus Xanthi – Oct.

They were no longer taught in later antiquity. Some of Epicurus’ original works are extant, either by accident and incompletely (because of the eruption of the Vesuvius which so to speak fossilized their remains), or as a sort of living fossils in the hospitable environment provided by Diogenes Laërtius. 102 One could go on in this way. e. not necessarily, and certainly only exceptionally, a survival of the best. Think for instance of Heraclitus, Democritus, and Chrysippus. The challenge for the scholar is to ferret out, as best as he possibly can, the missing links in the genealogical chains, and to attempt to reach out to the lost ancestry, not necessarily the individual ancestors—but yes, whenever possible the (various) ancestors—of (parts, or paragraphs of) later works that are still extant.

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