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see also:

things in the sky

Aristotle METE


Lucretius DRN

[not attested]

Seneca NQ

sublimia, -orum

References for Greek and Latin

Modern Description

written by Susanne M Hoffmann

This term has no analogy in modern languages: For the ancients, the term literally referred to everything in the sky which we would consider being totally different categories:
• clouds and weather phenomena
• stars, Moon, Sun, planets and phenomena of astronomy
• meteors, aurorae and other phenomena of the stratosphere (high layers of the Earth’s atmosphere)
• flying birds and other animals

Further Remarks

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