Theophrastus of Eresus: On Winds


In Theophrastus of Eresus: On Winds, Robert Mayhew provides a critical edition of the Greek text with English translation and commentary on the sole Peripatetic treatise devoted specifically to winds, by Aristotle’s successor in the Lyceum. This is the first edition of this text to appear in over forty years, and the first ever to make use not only of the twelve medieval manuscripts but also of the Oxyrhynchus papyrus fragment of this work (first published in 1986). The lengthy commentary attempts to explain this difficult (and often corrupt) text and its relationship to Aristotle’s meteorological theory and scientific methodology.

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Robert Mayhew, Ph.D. (1991), Georgetown University, is Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University. He has published monographs, translations, and many articles on ancient Greek philosophy and science, including Prodicus the Sophist: Texts, Translations, & Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2011).

 1 The Text
 2 The Translation and Commentary
 3 Aristotle and Theophrastus on the Nature of Wind
 4 The Structure of On Winds
 5 An Aristotelian Windrose
 6 Abbreviations
 7 Sigla
 8 Sigla Codicum

Text and Translation


Index nominum
Index locorum
All scholars and graduate students interested in ancient Greek philosophy and science—especially Aristotelian natural philosophy—and anyone interested in the history of meteorology. (An English translation is provided, and much of the commentary is accessible to Greekless readers.)
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