He looks at the textual tradition, and historical and methodological aspects of Themistius as paraphrast
of Metaphysics, then presents an edition of the paraphrase in facing pages of Hebrew and (fragmentary) Arabic.
Christ-von Wedel, Erasmus of Rotterdam, 97-110: 'Erasmus the paraphrast
(the anonymous commentary on Book 7 and the paraphrast
) had wrongly ascribed the quotation to Homer.
Inevitably, of course, the world and values of the paraphrast
emerge as part of this process, and here is where much of the interest in these works today lies.
Simply, the anonymous paraphrast replaced the reductio ad absurdum type of argument of Theophrastus by a straightforward analogy.
Unless the paraphrast knew Heraclitus' supposed original saying from somewhere else and corrected his main source (Theophrastus) on purpose--an unwarranted supposition which Mackenzie's appeal to a `current'--but wholly unattested--`Peripatetic tradition' (550) does not help to save,--this is sheer nonsense.