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AEtius De placitis Book III, Volume 13, 3. Translation from Heath (1932). Virtually nothing is known about Ecphantus. Since all his known opinions correspond to those of Heraclides, Heath (1913) thinks it likely that he was in fact a character used by Heraclides in dialogues.

30 It is often stated that Heraclides believed Mercury and Venus rotated around the Sun rather than the Earth, but Neugebauer (1972) puts this down to a mistranslation of a sentence from Chalcidius' commentary on Plato's Timaeus.

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