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11. Parallels In The On The Heavens

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Aristotle's On the Heavens provides background for the proem and first chapters of Book I and the first chapters of Book II of the Placita. The heavenly bodies are for the most part discussed in general terms and together, but the categories according to which they are investigated correspond to those of chapter headings in Aëtius Book II. The only detailed treatment in Aristotle's treatise of a cosmic body is that of the earth found in the Placita in another book, viz. Book III, after the meteorology. This chapter briefly looks at some parallels for this overall sequence in the On the Heavens too.

Keywords: Aëtius Book II; Aristotle; meteorology; On the Heavens; parallels; Placita



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