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10. Evidence In Achilles And Theophrastus

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This chapter compares chs. 3-6 of Achilles' On the All, a cousin writing of Aëtius, with Books I-II of the Placita. It looks at some aspects of the macrostructure of this curious work, limiting the inquiry to chs. 3-6. What is found in this later representative of the doxographical tradition moreover supports the argument that chs. 1.3-4, on principles/elements and cosmogony, belong together in their Aëtian order and were originally not so far distant from the cosmology of Book II. Yet there are substantial differences of detail. An important piece of evidence, argued away by Diels, is that both Achilles and Aëtius mention 'Metrodorus the teacher of Epicurus' as rejecting the thesis that there is only one cosmos. Cosmogony follows on the principles not only in Achilles but also in some of the abstracts of Theophrastus' account of the Presocratics preserved by.

Keywords: Achilles; cosmogony; Placita; Presocratics; Simplicius; Theophrastus



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