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Περὶ Οὐσίας Σελήνης

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This chapter is dominated by a basic division (that is, a type A diaeresis) between the view that the moon is basically fiery and it is primarily made of earth. We note that in 2.30.7, in the chapter on the moon's face, Aristotle is recorded as stating that the moon's etherial composition is not pure. Such a view would also fit very well into the structure of the present chapter. In the second half of the chapter the emphasis falls on the earthy or the solid nature of the moon's substance. At the end of the chapter the sequence of doxai becomes less well organized and appears to degenerate into a mere list of various views. The dialectical-doxographical parallels for the chapter on the moon's oUoia are not particularly copious, the diaeresis reflects the main division of opinion on the subject in antiquity.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; diaeresis; doxai; Earth; Moon; solid nature



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