From Chapter VI., Anaxagoras of Klazomenai
121. Early Life
One incident belonging to the early manhood of Anaxagoras is recorded, namely, the fall of a huge
meteoric stone into the Aigospotamos in 468-67 B.C.10
Our authorities tell us he predicted this
phenomenon, which is plainly absurd. But we shall see reason to believe that it may have occasioned
one of his most striking departures from the earlier cosmology, and led to his adoption of the very view
for which he was condemned at Athens. At all events, the fall of the stone made a profound impression
at the time, and it was still shown to tourists in the days of Pliny and Plutarch.11
7. Phys. Op. fr. 4 (Dox. p. 478), repeated by the doxographers.
8. Plato, Hipp. ma. 283 a, τοὐναντίον γὰρ Ἀναξαγόρᾳ φασὶ συμβῆναι ἢ ὑμῖν· καταλειφθέντων γὰρ αὐτῷ πολλῶν χρημάτων καταμελῆσαι καὶ ἀπολέσαι πάντα· οὕτως αὐτὸν ἀνόητα σοφίζεσθαι. Cf. Plut. Per. 16.
9. Arist. Eth. Nic. K, 9. 1179 a 13. Cf. Eth. Eud. A, 4. 1215 b 6 and 15, 1216 a 10.
10. Diog. ii. 10 (R. P. 149 a). Pliny, N.H. ii. 149, gives the date as OL. LXXVIII. 2; and Eusebios gives it under OL. LXXVIII. 3. But cf. Marm. Par. 57, ἀφ' οὗ ἐν Αἰγὸς ποταμοῖς ὁ λίθος ἔπεσε . . . ἔτη HHII, ἄρχοντος Ἀθήνησι Θεαγενίδου, which is 468-67 B.C. The text of Diog. ii. 11 is corrupt. For suggested restorations, see Jacoby, p. 244, n. 2; and Diels, Vors. 46 A 1.
11. Pliny, loc. cit., "qui lapis etiam nunc ostenditur magnitudine vehis colore adusto." Cf. Plut. Lys. 12, καὶ δείκνυται . . . ἔτι νῦν.
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