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Aëtius (1)

Aëtius (1), probably late 1st cent. ce, author of a comprehensive survey of the contrasting views of Greek philosophers on questions in natural philosophy. Hermann Diels convincingly argued that this lost work (the Placita) was reproduced in the ps.-Plutarchean Epitome and in Stobaeus' Eclogae; and that it in turn derived indirectly, augmented e.g. with Stoic and Epicurean material, from Theophrastus' Physical Tenets: hence its value as a source especially for Presocratic philosophy. Recent scholarship offers improved understanding of the purposes and development of the compilations which underlie Aëtius.


H. Diels, Doxographi Graeci (1879) (includes reconstructed text).Find this resource:

    D. Runia, Phronesis (1989), 245 ff.Find this resource:

      J. Mansfeld, Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt 2.36.4 (1990).Find this resource:

        J. Mansfeld and D.T. Runia, Aëtiana: The Method and Intellectual Context of a Doxographer, 2 vols. (1996/2009).Find this resource:

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