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Unformatted text preview: PHIL/CLA 205: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy Hendrik Lorenz Class 2 (1) Heraclitus, son of Bloson (or, according to some, of Herakon), of Ephesus. This man was at his prime in the 69th Olympiad. He grew up to be exceptionally haughty and supercilious, as is clear also from his book, in which he says: "Learning of many things does not teach intelligence; if so, it would have taught Hesiod and Pythagoras, and again Xenophanes and Hecataeus" Finally he became a misanthrope, withdrew from the world, and lived in the mountains feeding on grasses and plants. However, having fallen in this way into a dropsy he came down to town and asked the doctors in a riddle if they could make a drink out of rainy weather. When they didn't understand he buried himself in a cow-stall, expecting that the dropsy would be evaporated off by the heat of the manure; but even so he failed to effect anything, and ended his life at the age of 60. (KRS 190) (2) Although this account holds forever, men ever fail to comprehend, both before hearing it and once...
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