By Martin L. West
Hugely instructed examine of early Greek philosophy and its relation to Persian faith and the traditional close to East.
One or extra chapters on Pherecydes, Anaximander and Anaximenes, and Heraclitus.
Well-sourced. strong bibliography for persist with up interpreting.
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Early Greek Philosophy and the Orient by Martin L. West