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Chrysippus And The Placita

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Books II and III of Galens De placitis Hippocratis et Platonis (PHP) are devoted to a critique of the Stoic view that the seat of the regent part is in the heart, and a defence of the Hippocratic and Platonic doctrine that it is in the head, or brain. In the course of his argument Galen quotes numerous passages from great Stoics such as Posidonius and Chrysippus. Galen goes out of his way to indicate precisely where, in book I of Chrysippus On the Soul, the long verbatim quotation was to be found. This chapter argues that Chrysippus reference to this disagreement shows that he knew and used a predecessor of the Placita of Aëtius reconstructed by Diels. First, it analyzes the structure of the chapter in Aëtius. The chapter then presents a study of the material available through Soranus. A short account of the material preserved by Cicero follows.

Keywords: Aëtius; Chrysippus; Cicero; Placita; Soranus



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