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As our doxographer now pursues the questions that can be asked about the moon, he repeats the sequence that he used for the sun (cf. 2.21), and has the question of size following that of substance. Among Stobaeus's coalesced doxai there are three that can be assigned to this chapter. We thus appear to have a short chapter with at least four doxai. In spite of its brevity and apparent simplicity, the chapter contains two real difficulties. It seems at first that A will simply follow the method of his chapter on the sun's size, giving the various possibilities in terms of the size of the earth. The view attributed to the Stoics that the moon is greater than the earth was surprisingly deleted. A considerable body of opinion continued to hold to the position that the moon was larger than the earth.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; doxai; earth; moon; size; Stoics; substance; sun



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