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Περὶ Ἐμφάσεως Αὐτῆς, Διὰ Τί Γεώδης Φαίωεται

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The next chapter devoted to the moon concerns the question of its earthlike appearance. The question is peculiar to the moon, so this chapter finds no equivalent in the chapters on the stars or the sun. Regrettably no assistance is gained from T or Ach in determining the original text of this chapter. The subject of the chapter is closely related to two earlier chapters, ¶25 on the ouuia of the moon and ¶28 on its illuminations. It is apparent that the basic type A diaeresis in ¶25 between the view that the moon is basically earthy and that it is basically ethereal, exerts a strong influence on this chapter. Various sources contain traces of doxographical discussion. Finally, we should not overlook Plutarch's discussion of the question of whether there are living beings on the moon.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; diaeresis; doxographical discussion; earthy; ethereal; moon;



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