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Περὶ Οὐσίας Ἡλίου

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This chapter deals with the most prominent of the heavenly bodies, the sun. As in the parallel sequences on the stars and the moon, the first on the οὐσία of the sun is by far the longest. As already noted, this chapter, together with the parallel chapters 13 and 25 on the stars and the moon respectively, is the longest chapter in Book II. It is also one of the more difficult chapters in the entire book to reconstruct, even though our evidence is relatively copious. We note that four of the doxai are quite long. The Xenophanean doxa unusually appears to combine two separate views. Epicurus, as often, brings up the rear, but this time his view resembles Presocratic views and does not privilege the epistemological aspect. Ps.Plutarch (P) also deviates in his long title.

Keywords: οὐσία; Epicurus; moon; stars; Xenophanean doxa

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