Anaximander and the origins of Greek cosmology by Charles H. Kahn

By Charles H. Kahn

Through feedback and research of historic traditions, Kahn reconstructs the trend of Anaximander’s idea utilizing ancient equipment corresponding to the reconstructive concepts of comparative linguists.

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It is here that the erudition of our author is most ambitious, reaching out to embrace the views of Aratus, Callimachus, and Critias INTRODUCTION TO THE DOXOGRAPHY (persistently misquoted Homer, and the philosophers. 17 as "Euripides"), as well as those of Hcsiod, Concerning the exact relationship between Aetius and the original had an elaborate theory, of which not all the details are convincing, and which presupposes an unknown Hellenistic intermediary called by him the Vetusla Placila, presumably composed under the influence of Posidonius {Dox.

I do not follow the suggestion of O. Regenbogen (AE, Suppl. ittf may not originally have formed part of the Our extant text is certainly identical with the basic source on the pre-Socratics followed Phys. Opin. and 16-19. 2, 17. i, 18. i (= Fbrj. 24 A 6, A 8-10) with De Sensibus 25-26 (= Vors. 24 A 5). by Aetius statements iv. 13 concerning INTRODUCTION TO THE DOXOGRAPHY 19 which such a work may be regarded as historical is clearly limited. In so far as the problems and concepts of late fourthcentury philosophy differ from those of the preceding period, the The sense in systematic treatment of Theophrastus (hke that of Aristotle before him) tends to distort the original form of the doctrines under consideration.

Formadon of the Heavens Stars and Sun The Moon 16. Size, Position, 3. apxri aneipov 5. Heavens and KoafioL The Fragment 6. Reasons 4. for Introducing aneipov Eternal Motion and aTTOKpims 8. Cosmic Divinity 7. 9. Infinite Worlds 10. Posidon of the Earth 11. Form of the Earth 12. Antipodes and Distance of the Rings the 17. 18. Wind 19. Lightning and Thunder Rain 20. Origin of the Sea 20a. Earthquakes 21. Origin of Animal Life 22. Descent of Man 23. The >pvxyi ARRANGEMENT OF THE DOXOGRAPHY 27 Abbreviations of Authors in the Doxography A.

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