Concepts of Space in Greek Thought by Keimpe Algra

By Keimpe Algra

This paintings reports old Greek theories of actual area and position, specifically these of the classical and Hellenistic interval. those theories are defined essentially almost about the final philosophical or methodological framework in which they took form. particular realization is paid to the character and standing of the resources. introductory chapters care for the interrelations among numerous ideas of area and with Greek spatial terminology (including case reviews of the Eleatics, Democritus and Epicurus). the rest chapters include specific stories at the theories of area of Plato, Aristotle, the early Peripatetics and the Stoics. This booklet may be of specific curiosity for historians of historical physics, yet can also be of curiosity to scholars of Aristotelian dialect, historical metaphysics, doxography and medieval and early glossy physics.

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This should hardly provoke a homily and it is also noticeable that there is little direct 'heretics'. Nautin argues his case on the engagement with the grounds that this representsthe main emphasis of the homily, given that a significant amount of time is devoted to the titles. Certainly he is right that we should interpret the introduction in the light of the contents of the homily; however, he pays insufficient attention to the narrative of the installation of the ark inJerusalem and the singing of the choirs.

It is a similar claim to that which is made in the homily for the clergy. The fundamental idea of 6rc6o1r1('succession')derives from philosophical literature, and it is clear that the church of Hippolytus was founded on a scholasticmodel. This preacher moreover is clearly the possessorof a high degree of rhetorical education; the homily is concerned with exegesisand employs the technical language of the interpretation of texts. The preacher's understanding of philosophy renders his identification with the author of LheELenchus even more attractive.

Ha" aroused many reservations(P Jay, J6r6me d Bethl6em: les Tractatus in psalmos', in YM. ),ftn)meentre't'\ciiainta I'O*nt, Actes du Colloque de Chintilty (Sept. Igatr),publidspar YM. Duval (ParisrgBB), 367-8o);but the discussionis still open. 6The reasonsfor this suicessionare not easyto see. Followins the ordolectionumaccording to the Septuagint,he would have continued with the prophetic books, and then begun the cycle again by commenting the historical books;7there are, however, no other indications that an ordolectionum existed in the third century.

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