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Cosmic Distances: Aëtius 2.31 Diels And Some Related Texts

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The very first pages of the ‘Prolegomena’ of Diels’ Doxographi graeci (DG) are devoted to a discussion of a passage in a work of Philo of Alexandria extant only in Armenian, viz. De providentia 1.22, on the principles (archai). In the tabular reconstruction of Aetius 2.31 Diels in the DG the text of ps.Plutarch occupies the left-hand column. The right-hand column contains the text of Stobaeus, Eclogae physicae 1.26.5, which not only has ps.Plutarch’s three lemmata but adds two further ones. Diels’ procedure in following Stobaeus for his reconstructed Aetius chapter is therefore questionable, for the topics are to some extent different. In the present case the firm impression is that Stobaeus first composed the quite long section which as to its contents corresponds with the chapter heading as transmitted.

Keywords: Aetius; Diels; Doxographi graeci (DG); Plutarch; Stobaeus

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