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9. Where Do We Put The Earth? Aëtius, Seneca, Lucretius, And Hippolytus

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Questions relating to the earth are found at 3.9-15, which are extant in ps.Plutarch only. This chapter summarizes the argument of an earlier paper that these chapters are grosso modo dependent on Aristotle, On the Heavens 2.13, and analyzes them one by one. The cosmogonical account found at 1.4, for instance, briefly refers to the substance and location of the earth. Aristotle deals with the position of the earth - category of place A 3.11, 'on the place of the earth some have this opinion' and the summing-up at the end of the chapter, 296a2i - 23, where not only shape and motion versus rest but also place are said to have been dealt with. The chapter shows that in Aristotle the location of the earth and the issue of its rest or movement belong with cosmology, but the earthquakes with meteorology.

Keywords: Aetius; cosmogonical account; Earth; earthquakes; Hippolytus; Lucretius; Seneca; substance

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