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Ptolemy, Tetrabiblios 1.3

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ἥ τε σελήνη πλείστην, ὡς περιγειοτάτη, διαδίδωσιν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν τὴν ἀπόρροιαν, συμπαθούντων αὐτῇ καὶ συντρεπομένων τῶν πλείστων καὶ ἀψύχων καὶ ἐμψύχων, καὶ ποταμῶν μὲν συναυξόντων καὶ συμμειούντων τοῖς φωσὶν αὐτῆς τὰ ῥεύματα. θαλαττῶν δὲ συντρεπουσῶν ταῖς ἀνατολαῖς καὶ ταῖς δύσεσι τὰς ἰδίας ὁρμάς, φυτῶν δὲ καὶ ζῴων ἢ ὅλων ἢ κατά τινα μέρη συμπληρουμένων τε αὐτῇ καὶ συμμειουμένων.

And the moon, being nearest the earth, bestows its most abundant influence upon the earth. Most things, both animate and inanimate, are sympathetic to the moon and change along with it: rivers increase and reduce their streams along with the moon’s light, the seas turn their tides in accordance with the moon’s rising and setting, and plants and animals (either fully or in some part) wax and wane along with the moon.

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April 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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