The Situations and Names of Winds

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The Situations and Names of Winds (Greek: Περὶ θέσεως ἀνέμων; Latin: Ventorum Situs) is a spurious fragment traditionally attributed to Aristotle. The brief text lists winds blowing from twelve different directions and their alternative names used in different places. According to the manuscript version of the work, The Situations and Names of Winds is an extract from a larger work entitled On Signs (De Signis)[1] likely written by a member of the peripatetic school.

The scheme presented in Situations is very similar to, but distinct from, the one given by Aristotle in his authentic text, Meteorology. Situations is notable for its association with Aristotle, and also because it repeats the basic cultural notions of the Anemoi, or "wind gods", and classical compass winds, both of which have historically been components of western culture. For a more comprehensive treatment of the subject, see the "Aristotle" section in the classical compass winds article, listed below.

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  1. ^ Ross (1995:7).