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Headword: *stigmh/
Adler number: sigma,1105
Translated headword: spot, dot, point, period
Vetting Status: high
"A point, which is [the] smallest sign, is [the] limit of a line."[1] But a point is [sc. also the] beginning of a line, and a monad [the] beginning of number; for each [is] a beginning. But one must add, of what it is the beginning.[2]
Greek Original:
*stigmh/: stigmh/ e)sti grammh=s pe/ras, h(/tis e)sti\ shmei=on e)la/xiston. *stigmh\ de/ e)stin a)rxh\ grammh=s, mona\s de\ a)rxh\ a)riqmou=: e(ka/teron ga\r a)rxh/. prosqete/on de\ to\ ou(= e)/stin a)rxh/.
[1] Diogenes Laertius 7.135, apparently citing Posidonius for this assertion.
[2] Material not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as an approximation of Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentary on Aristotle's Topica 124.26 (on Topica 108b).
Keywords: definition; mathematics; philosophy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 April 2014@00:47:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 7 April 2014@03:09:01.


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