The Parallel Between Micro- and Macrocosm as a Key to the Interpretation of σκάφαι in Heraclitus

Shcherbakova Elizaveta A.

The paper presents an interpretation of a passage from Diogenes Laertius in which he tells that Heraclitus called the sun, the moon and the stars σκάφαι (bowls). These bowls accumulate evapo- rations (ἀναθυμιάσεις), which causes alternation of day and night and sequence of seasons.

Keywords: Heraclitus, Herodotus, Aristotle, microcosm, macrocosm, altars, σκάφαι, soul, meteorology
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