Xenophanes of Colophon
!!!Eusebius: Preparation for the Gospel Book 15 PREFACE CONCERNING THE WHOLE SUBJECT As to our present task, however, in the preceding Books we have seen the philosophy of Plato sometimes agreeing with the doctrines of the Hebrews, and sometimes at variance with them, wherein it has been proved to disagree even with its own favourite dogmas: while as to the doctrines of the other philosophers, the physicists, as they are called, and those of the Platonic succession, and of Xenophanes and Parmenides, moreover of Pyrrho, and those who introduce the 'suspension of judgement,' and all the rest, whose opinions have been refuted in the preceding discourse, we have seen that they stand in opposition alike to the doctrines of the Hebrews and of Plato and to the truth itself, and moreover have received their refutation by means of their own weapons. CHAPTER XXIII --- OF THE SUN. 'Xenophanes: it is formed from the sparks which are seen to be collected from watery vapour, and which compose the Sun out of burning clouds. CHAPTER XXVI --- OF THE MOON. 'Xenophanes: a cloud condensed. CHAPTER XXX --- WHAT IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THE PLANETS AND FIXED STARS? 'Xenophanes: they consist of clouds on fire, but are extinguished every day, and re-kindled in the night, just like live coals: for their risings and settings are their kindlings and quenchings. CHAPTER XXXV --- WHETHER THE WORLD IS IMPERISHABLE. 'Xenophanes: the world is uncreated, and eternal, and imperishable. CHAPTER XLIX --- OF THE SO-CALLED DIOSCURI. 'Xenophanes: what appear like stars upon the ships are little clouds which shine in consequence of a certain kind of motion. CHAPTER L --- OF AN ECLIPSE OF THE SUN. 'Xenophanes: by extinction, and then again there rises another Sun in the east. But he has incidentally mentioned an eclipse of the Sun lasting over the whole month, and again a total eclipse, so that the day seemed like night. 'Xenophanes: there are many suns and moons, corresponding to the climes, and sections, and zones of the Earth: and at a certain season the Sun's disk falls into some section of the Earth which is not inhabited by us, and thus, as if stepping into a hole, suffers eclipse. But the same author says that the Sun goes forward into infinity, but seems to revolve because of its distance.' CHAPTER LV --- OF THE EARTH. 'Xenophanes: from the lower part its roots reach into infinity, and it is composed of air and fire. CHAPTER LVII --- OF THE POSITION OF THE EARTH. 'Xenophanes: the Earth first, for its roots reach into infinity. Eusebii Pamphili Evangelicae Praeparationis. Libri XV. Ad codiced manuscriptos denuo collatos recensuit anglice nunc primum reddidit notis et indicibus instruxit. E. H. Gifford, S. T. P. Olim Archidiaconus Londinensis. Tomus III. Pars prior OXONII.
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