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The next theme in the series on the sun concerns its shape, i.e. moving from a quantitative to a qualitative aspect in the sequence of categories. The same sequence is found on the moon, whereas in the case of the cosmos and the earth the doxographer moves directly from nature/essence to shape. The views of Anaximenes and Heraclitus are included in their respective clusters of doxai. Alcmaeon on the other hand is listed separately, since this is the only place where his name-label occurs in the chapters on the sun. The doxa of the Pythagoreans follows on directly from Alcmaeon.

Keywords: Alcmaeon; Anaximenes; doxai; Heraclitus; Pythagoreans; sun



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