Early Greek Philosophy by John Burnet, with Burnet's notes
190. Animals and Plants 192. Cosmology

From Chapter X., Eclecticism and Reaction


191. Anaxagoreans
The last of the early cosmologists was Archelaos of Athens, who was a disciple of Anaxagoras.31 He is also said, by Aristoxenos and Theophrastos, to have been the teacher of Sokrates, and there is not the slightest reason for doubting it.32 There is no reason either to doubt the tradition that Archelaos succeeded Anaxagoras in the school at Lampsakos.33 We certainly hear of Anaxagoreans,34 though their fame was soon obscured by the rise of the Sophists, as we call them.

Burnet's Notes


31. Diog. ii. 16 (R. P. 216).

32. See Chiapelli in Arch. iv. pp. 369 sqq. Ion of Chios said that Sokrates accompanied Archelaos to Samos (fr. 73 Köpke). If this refers to the siege of Samos, it is interesting to think of the youthful Sokrates serving against a force commanded by Melissos.

33. Euseb. P. E. p. 504, c 3, ὁ δὲ Ἀρχέλαος ἐν Λαμψάκῳ διεδέξατο τὴν σχολὴν τοῦ Ἀναξαγόρου.

34. Ἀναξαγόρειοι are mentioned by Plato (Crat. 409 b 6), and in the Δισσοὶ λόγοι (cf. p. 29, n. 3). It is also to be noted that Plato (Parm. 126 a, b) represents certain φιλόσοφοι from Klazomenai as coming to Athens after the death of Sokrates for the purpose of getting an accurate account of the famous conversation between Parmenides and the young Sokrates (§ 84).

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