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The Placita Ascribed To Doctors In Aëtius' Doxography On Physics

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The publication in 1879 by Hermann Diels of his monumental Doxographi Graeci brought about a remarkable reversal in the fortunes of Aetius. This chapter concentrates on the placita attributed to doctors in Aetius collection. It places these texts in their intellectual and literary context, offers an analysis of their contents, presents some observations on the sources of the material, and finally makes some brief comparisons with other documents containing doxographical material. They are, however, of considerable interest and importance for the study of medical doxography. Moreover they constitute an interesting example of the multitude of difficulties that confront scholars when they draw on Aetius work. Fortunately, in dealing with these placita, the chapter draws on a considerable body of research that the authors colleague and collaborator Jaap Mansfeld (Utrecht) and the author has carried out during the past decade.

Keywords: Aetius; Doxographi Graeci; placita



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