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  • noun (Greek mythology) god of the heavens; son and husband of Gaea and father of the Titans in ancient mythology


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  • The word ouranos (ούρανός) means heavens, and it is a keyword in De caelo.


  • (τό πα̃ν) occurs several times in Aristotle's De caelo, sometimes reinforced by to holon (τό ὅλον; the Whole), and its meaning is a near-synonym for the leading term ouranos (“Heaven,” “World”).


  • In fact, the Greek word used in the verse from Luke translated as "Heaven" is "ouranos" (or "ouranou", to keep the correct case ending).

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  • He also uses ouranos in his beautifully reasoned assertion that there is only one world (De caelo, Book I, Chs. 8 and 9).


  • In fact, within his essay on the void in the Physica, Aristotle has a passage about Pythagoreans which links kenon with apeiron (“infinity”), pneuma (“breath”), ouranos


  • In the asser - tion that the world is finite, or rather in the arguments that the “body” (soma) of the world is finite, Aristotle uses either ouranos or to pan.


  • But he uses mainly ouranos in the speculation, which in the Renaissance brought down upon him much condemnatory criticism, that the heavens rotate around the earth in concentric spheres.


  • * Heos an parelthe ho ouranos kai he ge, iota hen e mia keraia ou me parelthe apo tou nomou: [4855] 1


  • Theou men gar ouranos kai ge hos per auto pepoiemena.


  • Hence they are all under the especial care of God, according to that promise of our Saviour, Matt.v. 18, "Verily I say unto you," Heos an parelthe ho ouranos kai he ge, iota hen e mia keraia ou me parelthe apo tou nomou, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law."



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