Discussion exercise 3:

 

Read Scipio's Dream at one of the following sites, paying particular attention to the information on how the cosmos is arranged:

http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/ROME/SCIPIO.HTM

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/cicero-republic6.html

http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/world/med/me-scip.htm

On the diagram provided label the following:

1) The combined sphere of earth and water

2) The sphere of fire

3) The spheres of each planet. Which is closest? Furthest?

Discuss the following questions:

4) Where would you expect to find a cloud? Why?

5) Where would you expect to find a comet? Why?

6) Would Aristotle accept Cicero's explanation for the position and nature of the Milky Way?