By Patricia Curd

Construction at the virtues that made the 1st version of A Presocratics Reader the main standard sourcebook for the research of the Presocratics and Sophists, the second one variation bargains much more worth and a much broader number of fragments from those philosophical predecessors and contemporaries of Socrates.

With revised introductions, annotations, feedback for extra interpreting, and extra, the second one variation attracts at the wealth of latest scholarship released on those interesting thinkers during the last decade or extra, a remarkably wealthy interval in Presocratic studies.

At the amount s middle, as ever, are the fragments themselves yet now in completely revised and, often times, new translations through Richard D. McKirahan and Patricia Curd, between them these of the lately released Derveni Papyrus.

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These are fixed with the head downward in certain apertures, so that no more of them than the legs appears without, and on the soles of their feet are seen burning flames. Dante is taken down by his guide into the bottom of the gulf; and there finds Pope Nicholas the Fifth, whose evil deeds, together with those of other pontiffs, are bitterly reprehended. Virgil then carries him up again to the arch, which affords them a passage over the following gulf. CANTO XX. The Poet relates the punishment of such as presumed, while living, to predict future events.

The Poet relates the punishment of such as presumed, while living, to predict future events. It is to have their faces reversed and set the contrary way on their limbs, so that, being deprived of the power to see before them, they are constrained ever to walk backward. Among these Virgil points out to him Amphiaraus, Tiresias, Aruns, and Manto (from the mention of whom he takes occasion to speak of the origin of Mantua), together with several others, who had practised the arts of divination and astrology.

CANTO XV. Taking their way upon one of the mounds by which the streamlet, spoken of in the last Canto, was embanked, and having gone so far that they could no longer have discerned the forest if they had turned round to look for it, they meet a troop of spirits that come along the sand by the side of the pier. These are they who have done violence to Nature; and among them Dante distinguishes Brunetto Latini, who had been formerly his master; with whom, turning a little backward, he holds a discourse which occupies the remainder of this Canto.

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