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Πόῦ Ἔχει Τὸ Ἡγεμονιχὸν Ὁ Κόσμος

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This chapter presents mainly the analysis of Aëtius Placita. The analogy between a living being (or human being) and the cosmos as a whole was not only basic to the development of the doctrine, but also played an important role in its doxographical appropriation. At P 4.5 A has a long chapter on the ruling part of the human being (the only sub-lunary animal possessing intellect), which makes extensive use of diaereses and in general terms moves from the top of the head to the diaphragm. It is possible to interpret the four doxai given at the beginning of the chapter as a list in a type C diaeresis. But it is better to divide the four doxai into two groups of two, the former group placing the regent part at the periphery of the cosmos, the latter at its centre.

Keywords: Placita ; Aëtius; cosmos



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