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The world is eternal (1)

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12 Assyrian Identity

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1st century BCE
Roman Empire
Helleno-Roman philosophers and scholars

Diodorus Siculus 2.30.1-2:
Now, as the Chaldeans say, the world is by its nature eternal, and neither had a first beginning nor will at a later time suffer destructions; furthermore, both the disposition and the orderly arrangement of the universe have come about by virtue of a divine providence, and today whatever takes place in the heavens is in every instance brought to pass, not an haphazard nor by virtue of any spontaneous action, but by some fixed and firmly determined divine decision. And since they have observed the stars over a long period of time and have noted both the movements and the influences of each of them with greater precision than any other men, they foretell to mankind many things that will take place in the future.

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Diodorus Siculus 2.30.1-2


Oldfather 1960, I 448-449Oldfather, C. H. Diodorus of Sicily. 12 Vols. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, London: Heinemann 1960.

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