Most of this book is devoted to a careful examination of all that has come down to us, through Aristotle and Theophrastus, about the first sages of Greece.
There is an impressive constancy in Colli's thinking. In Nature loves to hide (1948), we see the philosophical and philological limits of the terrain being drawn with precision, which Colli will later explore in La sapienza greca. His assumption is immediately apparent, abruptly: "from our perspective, very little vital things about Greece have been understood to date, other than what Nietzsche and Burckhardt have said." And, especially, as regards thought, above all it is necessary to get rid of "almost all the modern criticism that interprets the pre-Socratics according to what it thinks it understands about Aristotle." Thus, most of this book is devoted to a careful examination of all that has come down to us, through Ari...read more