PS.-PLUTARCH'S ACCOUNT OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES IN ANAXIMENES BY JEROME MORAN At ps.-Plutarch Stromateis 3 (DK 13 A 6) the following ex- planation of the origin of the heavenly bodies is attributed to Anaximenes : xoci iov xcxi xoci Tfx ?ocnoc, <x<7Tpx Such an explanation is, of course, inconsistent with that given by Hippolytus Ref. I 7, 5 (DK 13 A 7). The first sentence in the passage from the Styomateis appears to be based on a source similar to the remark in Hippolytus: 8'sro'c o%6iPa sx thereafter, however, confusion arises and the two accounts diverge. Ps.- Plutarch offers an explanation which suggests strongly that an Anaxagorean theory of the origin of the heavenly bodies has been foisted anachronistically upon Anaximenes (for Anaxagoras' theory cf. DK 59 A 42). Hippolytus on the other hand gives what appears to be the correct explanation (following the clause cited above): All this is common knowledge of course 2) ; but no one I think has ventured to speculate whether the author of the Stromateis may not have had some sfiecial reason for confusing Anaximenes with Anaxagoras in this instance. Instead most scholars seem to be content simply to assert that ps.-Plutarch
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1973
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