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18. Chapter And Verse: Abstracts, References, And Quotations

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The emphasis on names and name giving in these astronomical lemmata places them in a larger and shared context. Behind such examples of the explanation of names, or words, there are theories concerned with the origin of language: the attribution of conventional names to name givers, and a phenomenal or a more interior resemblance supporting a natural origin. The two other lemmata of this chapter are also of interest. In the context of the chapter Diocles' tenet comes to be in explicit diaphonic opposition to that of Herophilus in the next lemma. It is not known whether Herophilus really attacked Diocles. Keeping the two Xenophanean doxai together (or no too far from each other) further down in the chapter has a further advantage.

Keywords: diaphonic; doxai; lemmata; Quotations; tenet; Verse-Abstracts



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