David Gallop provides a Greek text and a new facing-page translation of the extant fragments of Parmenides' philosophical poem.
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The development of western philosophy was once said by A.N. Whitehead to have consisted in a series of footnotes to Plato. In a similar vein, and with hardly more exaggeration, Plato’s own writings might be said to have consisted in footnotes to Parmenides of Elea. In his philosophical poem Parmenides bequeathed an enormous legacy, not only to his immediate successors, Zeno and Melissus, but to all subsequent Greek philosophers, and beyond them to later western intellectual tradition. A recent author has rightly credited him with ‘a rational intuition of immense scope and power, within which most of the central principles...
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