Early Greek Philosophy by John Burnet, with Burnet's notes
23. The Life of Anaximenes 25. Theory of the Primary Substances

From Chapter I., The Milesian School

24. His Book
Anaximenes wrote a book which survived until the age of literary criticism; for we are told that he used a simple and unpretentious Ionic,107 very different, we may suppose, from the poetical prose of Anaximander.108 The speculations of Anaximander were distinguished for their hardihood and breadth; those of Anaximenes are marked by the opposite quality. He appears to have thought out his system carefully, but he rejects the more audacious theories of his predecessor. The result is that, while his view of the world is less like the truth than Anaximander's, it is perhaps more fruitful in ideas that were destined to hold their ground.

Burnet's Notes


107. Diog. ii. 3 (R. P. 23).

108. Cf. the statement of Theophrastos above, § 13.

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