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Headword: *galaci/as
Adler number: gamma,18
Translated headword: galaxy, the Milky Way
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the light in the sky; [the one] which is a reflection of the sun's light when the stars are not shining.
Greek Original:
*galaci/as: to\ e)n tw=| ou)ranw=| fw=s: o(/per e)sti\n a)na/klasis fwto\s h(liakou=, mh\ katalampome/nwn tw=n a)ste/rwn.
The elaborating clause here is a paraphrase of Diogenes Laertius 2.9, where it is presented as an opinion of Anaxagoras (cf. Diels-Kranz 59 A42; on Anaxagoras see alpha 1981). Long and Markovich, in their editions of D.L., adopt emendations of Aldobrandinus and von der Mühll that change the meaning significantly from the rather opaque statement found here: "a reflection of the light of the stars that are not being shined on by the sun." This reading is confirmed by reflections of the same source in Hippolytus, Against All Heresies 1.8.10 (D.-K. 59 A42), and, independently, at Aetius 3.1.5 (D.-K. 59 A80). LSJ entry at web address 1.
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Keywords: biography; Christianity; definition; imagery; philosophy; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 December 2001@19:44:16.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 16 December 2001@05:53:52.
William Hutton (augmented note, cosmetics, added keywords, raised status) on 28 March 2008@12:07:21.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 26 September 2015@08:04:56.


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