Some weather words in Aristotle's Meteorologica

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Some weather words in Aristotle's Meteorologica

Post by Stephen Hughes » July 16th, 2013, 8:06 am

cwconrad wrote:The treatises of Aristotle are thought to be lecture notes; the difficulty in reading them has always seemed to me to be ambiguities of referents of pronoun, relative pronoouns especially.
I'm reading the Meteorologica at present to be able to better fulfill a request put to me by another party. That work doesn't seem to be too difficult to follow the pronouns in.
καὶ γὰρ ἐπὶ τὸν Ῥουβίκωνα ποταμὸν ἐλθών, ... καὶ τοσοῦτον μόνον Ἑλληνιστὶ πρὸς τοὺς παρόντας ἐκβοήσας, ‘ἀνερρίφθω κύβος,’ διεβίβαζε τὸν στρατόν. (Plut. Pomp. 60.2)

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Re: Some weather words in Aristotle's Meteorologica

Post by cwconrad » July 16th, 2013, 11:01 am

I'm glad you're having good weather for a bon voyage through the Meteorologica. I can still remember my undergraduate initial experience with the Ethica Nicomachea decades ago, and working later through the Physics and Metaphysics.
οὔτοι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς πάντα θεοὶ θνητοῖς ὑπέδειξαν,
ἀλλὰ χρόνῳ ζητέοντες ἐφευρίσκουσιν ἄμεινον. (Xenophanes, Fragment 16)

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Re: Some weather words in Aristotle's Meteorologica

Post by Stephen Hughes » July 18th, 2013, 1:59 am

The aspect that I find most difficult is the "other" scientific system at work behind the text. It is logical enough in the terms that it is presented, but not making a distinction between "physical changes" and "chemical changes" that is assumed within the now current scientific thinking takes some getting used to.

I wonder how much of this scientific understanding was accepted by the writers in the hellenised world of the Koine Sprachbund.
καὶ γὰρ ἐπὶ τὸν Ῥουβίκωνα ποταμὸν ἐλθών, ... καὶ τοσοῦτον μόνον Ἑλληνιστὶ πρὸς τοὺς παρόντας ἐκβοήσας, ‘ἀνερρίφθω κύβος,’ διεβίβαζε τὸν στρατόν. (Plut. Pomp. 60.2)

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Re: Some weather words in Aristotle's Meteorologica

Post by Stephen Hughes » September 21st, 2014, 7:10 am

καὶ γὰρ ἐπὶ τὸν Ῥουβίκωνα ποταμὸν ἐλθών, ... καὶ τοσοῦτον μόνον Ἑλληνιστὶ πρὸς τοὺς παρόντας ἐκβοήσας, ‘ἀνερρίφθω κύβος,’ διεβίβαζε τὸν στρατόν. (Plut. Pomp. 60.2)

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