In the introduction to the Περὶ αἱρέσεων of Johannes Damascenus is the next paragraph:
Ὕστερον δὲ ὁ Ἑλληνισμὸς εἰς αἱρέσεις κατέστη κατωτέρω τῶν χρόνων, φημὶ δὴ Πυθαγορείων καὶ Στωϊκῶν καὶ Πλατωνικῶν καὶ Ἐπικουρείων· καὶ λοιπὸν θεοσεβείας χαρακτὴρ ὑπῆρχεν ἅμα καὶ ὁ κατὰ φύσιν νόμος πολιτευόμενος, ἀπὸ τούτων τῶν ἐθνῶν ἑαυτὸν ἀφορίζων, ἀπὸ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου καταβολῆς καὶ δεῦρο, μέσος τυγχάνων Βαρβαρισμοῦ καὶ Σκυθισμοῦ καὶ Ἑλληνισμοῦ, ἕως οὗ συνήφθη ἡ τοῦ Ἀβραὰμ θεοσέβεια.
Finally, the Hellenism has been divided in many heresies along this last times, Pythagoreans, Stoics, Platonics, Epicureans. Well then, the face of the God-pity has been in touch with with the natural laws, moving away from the peoples, and since the foundation of the universe, now laying among the Barbarism, Scythism and Hellenism, although it took the piety of Abraham.
Could you find any sense for the sentence ἀπὸ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου καταβολῆς καὶ δεῦρο? What could καταβολή mean in this paragraph?
Thanks a lot.
nam ista corruptela servi si non modo impunita fuerit, sed etiam a tanta auctoritate approbata, nulli parietes nostram salutem, nullae leges, aulla iura custodient. (Cic. Deiot. 30)