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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Heraclitus, fr.B52 DK

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A mysterious fragment which Heidegger found especially interesting. As G.W. Most says, the sentence seems ‘to be performing a kind of verbal game’ with pieces of words being moved around ‘like checkers on a board’.

αἰὼν παῖς ἐστι παίζων, πεσσεύων· παιδὸς ἡ βασιληίη.

A lifetime is a child playing, moving pieces in a game; the kingly power is a child’s.

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September 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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