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Cleomedes' Lectures on Astronomy: A Translation of The Heavens

Cleomedes and Lawrence Witmer

Abstract

At some time around 200 A.D., the Stoic philosopher and teacher Cleomedes delivered a set of lectures on elementary astronomy as part of a complete introduction to Stoicism for his students. The result was The Heavens (Caelestia), the only work by a professional Stoic teacher to survive intact from the first two centuries A.D., and a rare example of the interaction between science and philosophy in late antiquity. This book contains an English translation of The Heavens, along with an introduction, notes, and technical diagrams.

Keywords: Cleomedes, elementary astronomy, Stoicism, The Heavens, Caelestia, Stoic teacher, lectures, science, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233256
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233256.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cleomedes, author

Lawrence Witmer, editor

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Introduction

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter One1

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Two

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Three

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Four1

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Five

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Six1

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Seven

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Eight

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter One

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Two

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Three

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Four

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Five

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Six

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd

Chapter Seven1

Alan C. Bowen, and Robert B. Todd