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τὸ μανθάνειν: obj. of ἀπέτρεπεν. μέχρι τοῦ κτλ.: in appos. with μέχρι τούτου, with emphatic repetition of the μέχρι. καί (in line 31): even. τὰ μὴ ἐν τῇ αὐτῇ περιφορᾷ: i.e. planets, comets, etc., having motions in a different plane from the general apparent movement of the stars; cf. the ‘cycle and epicycle, orb in orb’ of Raphael's speech to Adam in Milton's Paradise Lost, viii. 84. πλάνητας: planets, lit. wanderers. ἀσταθμήτους ἀστέρας: prob. comets, as having no apparent fixed place. ζητοῦντας κατατρίβεσθαι: to wear ourselves out investigating. For the supplementary participle, see G. 1580; H. 983. ἰσχυρῶς ἀπέτρεπεν: he strongly dissuaded from. οὐδὲ τούτων ἀνήκοος ἦν: Archelaus, a pupil of Anaxagoras, is said to have taught Socrates astronomy. ἱκανά: as in 3.
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