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[2] He made it his business also to compose and translate philosophical dialogues, and to render into Latin the several terms of dialectics and natural philosophy; for he it was, as they say, who first, or principally, provided Latin names for ‘phantasia,’ ‘synkatathesis,’ ‘epokhe,’ and ‘katalepsis,’ as well as for ‘atomon,’ ‘ameres,’ ‘kerton,’ 1 and many others like these, contriving partly by metaphors and partly by new and fitting terms to make them intelligible and familiar.

1 In Latin, respectively, visum (conception), assensio (assent), assensionis retentio (withholding of assent), comprehensio (perception), individuum (atom), vacuum (void); ‘ ameres ’ (indivisible), with its Latin equivalent, does not occur in the extant works of Cicero (Gudeman).

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