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Diogenes Laertius, Lives Of The Philosophers, 8.76


nanHis doctrines were as follows, that there are four elements, fire, water, earth and air, besides friendship by which these are united, and strife by which they are separated. These are his words:Shining Zeus and life-bringing Hera, Aidoneus and Nestis, who lets flow from her tears the source of mortal life,where by Zeus he means fire, by Hera earth, by Aidoneus air, and by Nestis water.And their continuous change, he says, never ceases, as if this ordering of things were eternal. At all events he goes on:At one time all things uniting in one through Love, at another each carried in a different direction through the hatred born of strife.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

7 results
1. Parmenides, Fragments, 1.27-1.31, 8.1-8.6 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

2. Aristophanes, Clouds, 1241 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

1241. καὶ Ζεὺς γέλοιος ὀμνύμενος τοῖς εἰδόσιν.
3. Democritus, Fragments, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

4. Empedocles, Fragments, 3.3-3.4, 115.9-115.11 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

5. Euripides, Rhesus, 973 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

973. Priest of great light and worshipped of the wise.
6. Sextus, Against The Mathematicians, 7.117 (2nd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

7. Diogenes Laertius, Lives of The Philosophers, 9.31 (3rd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

9.31. He declares the All to be unlimited, as already stated; but of the All part is full and part empty, and these he calls elements. Out of them arise the worlds unlimited in number and into them they are dissolved. This is how the worlds are formed. In a given section many atoms of all manner of shapes are carried from the unlimited into the vast empty space. These collect together and form a single vortex, in which they jostle against each other and, circling round in every possible way, separate off, by like atoms joining like. And, the atoms being so numerous that they can no longer revolve in equilibrium, the light ones pass into the empty space outside, as if they were being winnowed; the remainder keep together and, becoming entangled, go on their circuit together, and form a primary spherical system.


Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
air Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
allegoresis (allegorical interpretation), of gods Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
anaxagoras of clazomenae Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
aristotle Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
atomists Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
audience Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
body Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
cosmology, aristotelian Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
cosmos Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
diakosmos Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
element Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
empedocles Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
fire, as element Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
gods Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
gods as elements, names of the gods Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
gods as elements Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
hearing (in the mysteries) Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
hera Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
heraclitus Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
initiates Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
knowledge, superior knowledge of divine origin Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
kosmos Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
muses Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
myth of er, and order Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
night (goddess) Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
parmenides of elea Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
parts Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
philolaus of croton, xvii Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
profane Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
pythagoreans Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
riddles Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
system' Horkey, Cosmos in the Ancient World (2019) 73
uranus phallus, as element Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
wisdom (expertise) Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103
zeus Alvarez, The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries (2018) 103