Bryn Mawr Classical Review 04.02.17


Aristotle. De Partibus Animalium I and De Generatione Animalium I (with passages from II.1-3). Translated with notes by D. M. Balme. Clarendon Aristotle Series. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992. Pp. viii, 183. $26.00. ISBN 0-19-875128-1.


Reviewed by Lee T. Pearcy, The Episcopal Academy

In PA I and GA I, Aristotle explores the application of his general theories of causation and natural kinds to the universe of living things. This reissue of Balme's well-known translation and notes, first published in 1972 and reviewed thereafter (e.g. by J. Longrigg, Classical Review N.S. 27 [1977], 38-9), includes a useful "Report on Recent Work" and an updated bibliography by Allan Gotthelf. The translation itself has been revised in several places to take account of developing interpretations of the meanings of eidos and genos in Aristotle's biological works. These additions increase the usefulness and extend the life of an already indispensable introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of two of Aristotle's most challenging scientific treatises.