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Phono-rythmie dans l’hymne des racines (Empédocle, F. 6)

Abstract : In order to move away from the allegorizing readings of Empedocles’ F. 6, which conflictually identify the four elements with isolatable theological entities, this contribution offers a phono-rhythmic analysis postulating the existence of a hypo-phonic language that operates infra-signifying associations. It is in this particular language that Empedocles requires his addressee to aurally discern the “roots” of things, by listening phono-rhythmically. Empedocles is a humnopolos, a “hymn turner” (F. 146, 1), just as Apollo, god of music, is a homopolos, an “assimilating turner”: while describing physiological or cosmogonic processes, he uses a ritualized language where different scenarios are superimposed (“Persephone’s abduction,” “the oath of the gods,” “Persephone’s sorrow,” etc.). Empedocles seems to denounce the Olympian hierogamies characterized by deception and violence and to pit the new soteriological figure of Nêstis-Aphrodite against them.
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Sylvie Perceau, Anne Gabrièle Wersinger Taylor. Phono-rythmie dans l’hymne des racines (Empédocle, F. 6). Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale, Presses Universitaires de France, 2019, Rite et voix dans la philosophie antique, 103 (3), pp.247-266. ⟨10.3917/rmm.193.0247⟩. ⟨hal-02546389⟩



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