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Περὶ Ἐκλείψεως Σελήνης

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The next lunar theme broached by our doxographer, the moon's eclipses, follows on logically from the problem of its illuminations. Turning now to the analysis of the contents of the chapters, the name-labels used show a good deal of overlap with the previous chapter. In summary, the chapter has a clear structure based on a type B diaeresis. The main diaphonia is formed between the views based on the moon having its own light and light being received from elsewhere (with eclipses caused by interposition). In between these two poles there are intermediate views which may have a chiastic arrangement. Finally, the chapter is exceptional in citing no less than three original sources for the reports on which the doxai are based, all of them (note well!) preserved by S but deleted by P, namely Aristotle and Philip of Opus in 2.29.4 and Theophrastus in 2.29.8.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; diaeresis; diaphonia; doxai; eclipses; illuminations; moon;



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