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Single Idea 420

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / E. Cosmology / 2. Eternal Universe]

Full Idea

This cosmos, which is the same for all, was not created by any one of the gods or of mankind, but it was ever and is and shall be ever-living fire, kindled and quenched in measure.

Gist of Idea

The cosmos is eternal not created, and is an ever-living and changing fire


Heraclitus (fragments/reports [c.500 BCE], B030), quoted by Clement - Miscellanies 5.1.103

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.26