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Parmenides was a philosopher, healer, and spiritual guide in fifth-century BC Elea, a Greek outpost on the western coast of Italy. Around 450 BC he traveled to Athens where he and a young Socrates engaged in a debate on the nature of reality, later immortalized by Plato in the "Parmenides." Richard Geldard’s fresh translation and inspiring account brings new life and contemporary understanding to Parmenides, allowing us to understand his thought and to learn what it meant to live "a Parmenidean life."
The Pre-Socratics somehow clarify us, as if those who approach them with inquiry and love are changed. Richard Geldard, author of the marvelous Remembering Heraclitus, returns here to their world and to the difficult terrain where Parmenides still speaks to us of Being. Geldard’s fresh translations of the surviving fragments jump into one’s mind. "Only one account of the Way remains: It Is! Along this path are many signs...."— Roger Lipsey, author of Have you been to Delphi?
Tales of the Ancient Oracle for Modern Minds
Richard Geldardearned his PhD at Stanford University in Dramatic Literature and Classics. He is the author of Remembering Heraclitus and The Traveler’s Key to Ancient Greece. He is also an Emerson scholar, author of The Essential Transcendentalists, The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and God In Concord. www.rgbooks.com