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Aëtius, Or What's In A Name?

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A little over ten years ago Jaap Mansfeld and the author published the first of a number of projected volumes on the doxographer Aëtius. In the cited volume the source-critical Aëtius-hypothesis was subjected to a thorough examination for the first time since its definitive formulation by Hermann Diels in his Doxographi Graeci published in 1879. Scholars accepted the demonstration that the hypothesis was in need of a thorough revision, but at the same time were agreeably surprised how well it had stood up. This chapter briefly responds to two review articles of their first work, in which some salient points were raised concerning the name and identity of its protagonist. One such review article was by Jan Bremmer who made some interesting observations on the names of Aëtius, Arius Didymus, and the possible role that Alexandria may have played in the transmission of doxographical material.

Keywords: Aëtius; Alexandria; Arius Didymus; doxographer; Hermann Diels; Jaap Mansfeld



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