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Xenophanes On The Moon: A Doxographicum In Aëtius

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The subject of this article, Xenophanes' reported views on the nature or substance of the moon, can hardly be considered of great importance for the history of Greek philosophy. The focal point of this article will be precisely on the area of doxography. We have already cited the text of Hermann Diels' reconstructed edition containing the lemma which in the chapter records the view of Xenocrates. Because of the complexity of the material, and also because the author is using this chapter as a kind of exemplum of the difficulties and pitfalls awaiting users of the doxographical tradition, he shall quote the relevant passages in full. He concludes against Diels, therefore, that from the viewpoint of the systematic structure the majority reading νέφοϛ πεπνϱωμένον must be preferred. The most important finding on the nature of ancient doxography that was reached in the article concerns the structure of the analyzed chapter.

Keywords: Aetius; Doxographicum; Hermann Diels; Moon; substance of the moon; Xenocrates; Xenophanes



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