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Περὶ Φωτισμῶν Σελήνης

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Our doxographer moves on to the next subject of his sequence of chapters on the moon, the source of its light. This chapter contains various degrees of overlap, in the use of name-labels, with the two succeeding chapters. His two doxai reproduce the diaphonia that lies at the heart of the chapter's structure. Two texts in Philo give us insight into how this theme was dealt with in the anterior doxographical tradition: the latter contains the chapter's title and a basic diaphonia: either the moon shines with bastard light, that is, derived from elsewhere, or its illumination comes from within itself. The former starts with the same division, then adds a third possibility that is, it has a mixture of its own and extraneous light. With this background in mind, the chapter's structure can now be tackled. In Book V Lucretius refers on three occasions to the subject of the chapter.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; diaphonia; doxai; extraneous light; moon; own light



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