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539Chap. 7 - of the Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon - Pliney the Elder

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  • James Mathews
    Mar 5, 2014
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      >>>> Chap. 7 - of the Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon <<<<

      For it is evident that the sun is hid by the intervention of the moon, and the moon by the opposition to the earth, and that these changes are mutual, the moon, by her interposition, taking the rays of the sun from the earth, and the earth from the moon.  As she advances darkness is suddenly produced, and again the sun is obscured by her shade; for night is nothing more than the shade of the earth.  The figure of this shade is like that of a pyramid or an inverted top: and the moon enters it only near its point, and it does not exceed the height of the moon, for there is no other star which is obscured in the same manner, while a figure of this kind always terminates in a point.  The flight of birds, when very lofty shows that shadows do not extend beyond a certain distance; their limit appears to be the termination of the air, and the commencement of the aether.  Above the moon everything is pure and full of eternal light.  The stars are visible to us in the night, in the same way that other luminous bodies are seen in the dark.  It is from these causes that the moon is eclipsed during the night.  The two kinds of eclipses are not, however, at the stated monthly periods, on account of the obliquity of the zodiac, and the irregularly wandering course of the moon, as stated above; besides that the motions of these stars do not always occur exactly at the same points.


      >> Oliver Thatcher (Ed. In Chief), “The Library of Original Sources, Vol. III, The Roman World,” (Milwaukee, 1907).

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      Marcus Audens