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After the table of contents, the book commences with a brief authorial introductory passage called the Praefatio. Eusebius has his own agenda and he first focuses on the parts of the cosmos which the ancients regarded as 'visible gods' and worshipped, before dealing with more religiously neutral cosmological subjects. We thus have four transitions. These passages are crucial for an understanding of the organization of the Placita. All of these passages are found only in P (and Q). It is to be agreed with Diels that this chapter, and the preface and first chapter in P (which S does not cite) to which it is connected by content and language, go back to A. Together they form a general introduction to the work. General parallels to the present passage can be found in the Platonist tradition based on the Timaeus.

Keywords: Praefatio; Aetius Placita; Platonist tradition; Timaeus



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