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Τίς Ἡ Οὐσία Τῶν Ἄστρων, Πλανητῶν Καὶ Ἀπλανῶν

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This chapter focuses on the nature of the stars. The doxai presented in the chapter show tell-tale signs of both organization and abbreviation. The first two lemmata form a contrasted pair. The next lemma seems like a compromise view, joining together elements of the first two. The fourth continues the rock theme, but with a different kind of stone. Admittedly the structure of the chapter is not as neat as that of some others, no doubt because of the large number of views that have been included. It can be explained by means of three factors: (1) a fundamental διαίρεσις between a basically earthy, rocklike substance and a purer fiery or etherial substance; (2) a general movement in the chapter from the first to the second pole of the διαφωνια; and (3) the inclusion of a number of subsidiary themes.

Keywords: διαίρεσις; διαφωνια; doxai; lemmata; stars



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