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4. Authorial Comments On Purpose And Sequence

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Among the material Diels wanted to remove from the Placita as later additions are almost all authorial remarks announcing themes that are to be treated. To begin we should mention the use of the first person plural and singular where A addresses his readership, thus referring explicitly to his own activity as an author. Most of the transitional points are separate paragraphs. In Aristotle's Meteorology the sea is discussed in Book II. In Theophrastus' Metarsiology the chapter on the halo of the moon comes before that on earthquakes, but differs in placing the rainbow before the earthquakes. Moving the rainbow chapter forward should have brought the halo chapter along, so its having first been left out and then added at the end of the book remains the more likely hypothesis. The fact that these lemmata illustrate the main diaeresis allows this 'Aristotelian' part of the chapter to remain anonymous.

Keywords: Aristotle; Authorial Comments; Diels; Metarsiology; Meteorology; Placita; Purpose; Sequence; themes; Theophrastus



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