The party eventually arrives at two tightly-locked, bronze-fitted gates—the Gates of Night and Day.
In order to pass through these “aethereal” gates, the Heliades must persuade Justice to unlock the doors with soft words.
Although there are many important philological and philosophical questions surrounding Parmenides’ poem, ) of Ascea, Italy. E., and thus Parmenides was of Ionian stock (1.167.3). The linear order of the three main extant sections is certain, and the assignment of particular fragments (and internal lines) to each section is generally well-supported.The Proem (C/DK 1.1-32) is by far the most complete section available of Parmenides’ poem.This is due entirely to Sextus Empiricus, who quoted Lines 1-30 of the after line 1.30 with the lines currently assigned to C/DK 7.2-7, as if these immediately followed.There are conflicting transmissions regarding which Greek word to read, variant punctuation possibilities, concerns surrounding adequate translation, ambiguities in the poetical form, and so forth.Given all of this, any serious engagement with Parmenides’ work should begin by acknowledging the incomplete status of the text and recognizing that interpretative certainty is generally not to be found.
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