Anaxagoras(5th-6th Century B.C.) on The Dark Bodies and Lunar Eclipses

“Both Plutarch and Hippolytus credit Anaxagoras with being the first to give a correct explanation of lunar eclipses; they occur when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and casts a shadow. Hippolytus also says that, according to Anaxagoras, ‘The moon is eclipsed when the Earth blocks the sun’s light (and sometimes also when the bodies under the moon do’) ([Fragment] A42.9) These ‘bodies under the moon’ are invisible earthy bodies (reported twice by Hippolytus, in A42.6 and 9). According to Hypolytus, they rotate with the sun and the moon, but are not visible to us. ”

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Anaxagoras of Clazomenae: Fragments and Testimonia – A Text and Translation With Notes and Essays (University of Toronto Press, 2007), pg. 211 by Patricia Curd (University of Purdue)


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