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Verhasselt, Gertjan (2020): Heraclides’ Epitome of Aristotle’s Constitutions and Barbarian Customs: Two Neglected Fragments. In: Classical Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 2: pp. 672-683
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The Aristotelian Πολιτεῖαι collected information on the history and organization of reportedly 158 city-states. Of these only the Ἀθηναίων πολιτεία survives almost in its entirety on two papyri. All that remains of the other constitutions is the epitome by Heraclides Lembus (second century b.c.e.) and about 130 fragments. This article will look at the transmission of Heraclides’ epitome (itself preserved as excerpts) and explore the possibility of identifying further fragments of the original text.