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Τίς Ἡ Αἰτία Τοῦ Τὸν Κόσμου Ἐγκλιθῆυαι

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For the present chapter we can compare P 3.12 nepi syxXiasrog yrjg, which follows on the chapter nepi -frsaerog yrjg, the equivalent in Book III of ch. 7. Here the sequence is even more awkward (the first doxa from 7 in fact does not relate to the subject of the chapter at all). It needs some imagination to understand the problem raised in the chapter. The cosmologies in the chapter and its twin on the inclination of the earth in fact pre-date the standard cosmological model. The subject of the chapter concerns a minor detail of obscure cosmogonies. It is hardly surprising that we have not been able to find any parallel passages which mention it as subject or record the disagreement which it contains. No attention is given to this subject. An interesting passage in the ps.Platonic dialogue Erastai mentions discussion of the phenomenon of tilting.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; cosmogonies; cosmologies; earth; inclination



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