CHAP. 24. (26.)—THE DOCTRINE OF HIPPARCHUS1 ABOUT
This same Hipparchus, who can never be sufficiently
commended, as one who more especially proved the relation
of the stars to man, and that our souls are a portion of
heaven, discovered a new star that was produced in his own
age, and, by observing its motions on the day in which it
shone, he was led to doubt whether it does not often happen,
that those stars have motion which we suppose to be fixed.
And the same individual attempted, what might seem presumptuous even in a deity, viz. to number the stars for
posterity and to express their relations by appropriate names;
having previously devised instruments2
, by which he might
mark the places and the magnitudes of each individual star.
In this way it might be easily discovered, not only whether
they were destroyed or produced, but whether they changed
their relative positions, and likewise, whether they were increased or diminished; the heavens being thus left as an
inheritance to any one, who might be found competent to
complete his plan.