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There was a certain Polybius, completely uneducated and ill-spoken, who said, “The emperor has honored me with Roman citizenship.” To which Demonax responded, “If only he'd made you a Greek rather than a Roman.”:
Lucian of Samosata, Life of Demonax

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Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers. A complete translation of the Fragments in Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker by Kathleen Freeman. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press [1948] This text is in the public domain in the US because its copyright was not renewed in a timely fashion as required by law at the time. The chapters are numbered as in the Fifth Edition of Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker. The numbers in brackets are those of the Fourth Edition.

Cleostratus of Tenedos: Fragments

Cleostratus of Tenedos lived in the sixth century B.C.

He wrote an astronomical work called Astrologia or Phaenomena.

1. (Scholiast on Euripides, Rhesus 528: explanation of the words 'first signs'.): But when for the third day over the eighty (Arctophylax) remains (shining, then the 'first signs') of the Scorpion fall into the sea. 1

2. (He then, it is said, observed the signs in the Zodiac, beginning with the Ram and the Archer).

3. (He is said to have been the first to point out the Kids among the constellations).

4. (The eight year cycle is commonly attributed to Eudoxus of Cnidus, but they say that it was Cleostratus of Tenedos who first devised it).


13:1 Restoration and meaning uncertain; for discussion, see Companion, p. 34, note 3.

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