The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Notes on Plutarch's Life of Marius

T. F. Carneya1

a1 Victoria University College, Wellington, N.Z.

Translations show an appreciation of the technical sense with which S0009838800011459_inline1 is endowed in this passage but the terminology which they employ to express that sense is unfortunate. The English term ‘declination’ when used technically in an astronomical context is irreconcilable with the connotations of the Greek term S0009838800011459_inline2 as used in this particular astronomical context. Allowing the technical meaning normal for it in such passages, upon Plutarch's wording, here compressed almost into incomprehensibility, the following construction must be put.