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Πόϑεν Τρέφεται Ὁ Κόσμος

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The parallels with the chapter of the source of the food of the heavenly bodies should be noted. Galen is confined within the parameters of what he found in Plutarch, but this chapter is an interesting example of the kind of changes he makes. Stobaeus does retain in the chapter the two remaining doxai found in Plutarch's; the original chapter had only three doxai, one less than found in Ach. The first doxa denies that the cosmos has any need of food at all. For chapter's structure, the first two doxai are organized by means of a type A diaeresis, the former expressing the view that the cosmos has no nourishment, the second that its nourishment is purely internal. By means of a second diaeresis the third doxa contrasts the view of two kinds of nourishment via destruction to the view of a single unspecified friaig attributed to Plato.

Keywords: Aetius Placita ; cosmos; diaeresis; doxai; food; heavenly bodies



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