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Headword: Στιγμή
Adler number: sigma,1105
Translated headword: spot, dot, point, period
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"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:
Στιγμή: στιγμή ἐστι γραμμῆς πέρας, ἥτις ἐστὶ σημεῖον ἐλάχιστον. Στιγμὴ δέ ἐστιν ἀρχὴ γραμμῆς, μονὰς δὲ ἀρχὴ ἀριθμοῦ: ἑκάτερον γὰρ ἀρχή. προσθετέον δὲ τὸ οὗ ἔστιν ἀρχή.
Notes:
[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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