The writing interests of Democritus covered all areas of human activity: the evolution of civilization from the primitive state of man, birth and use of language , art (above all , poetry).

The extent of Democritus' literary work is enormous. The list of his books was compiled by the Pythagorean Thrasyllos , an astronomer of Tiberius, who relied on the works of the Alexandrians. He grouped the books of Democritus into thirteen quatrains, which were divided according to their content into five groups: books on ethics, physics, mathematics and music, as well as technical books.

Except Thrasyllos left nine works, of which eight dealt with Causes ( Causes ) for the most different fields, while the ninth referred to magnetite ( Peri lithou ).

Democritus abducted him praise of ancient writers for the high quality of his style, his clarity and aptness, the diligence in the placement of the words. As for the purity of his Ionian dialect, we are not in a position to have a crystallized view on the subject, as the surviving passages have reached our time through the mediation of other authors.

Finally, as regards legacy left by Democritus over the centuries, this is not uniform: the Abderan philosopher is presented as a researcher of nature that inspires and is a point reference, but also as the bearer of secret knowledge, as a sage with magical abilities.

The atomic theory: Leucippus and Democritus (Part A ')

The atomic theory: Leucippus and Democritus (Part B)

The atomic theory: Leucippus and Democritus (Part C ')

The atomic theory: Leucippus and Democritus (Part D)

The atomic theory – Leucippus and Democritus (Part E ')

The at group theory – Leucippus and Democritus (Part VI)

Atomic theory – Leucippus and Democritus (Part G ')


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