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Single Idea 20827

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

Full Idea

At certain fated times the entire cosmos goes up in flames and then is organised again. And the primary fire is like a kind of seed, containing the rational principles and cause of all things and events, past, present and future.

Gist of Idea

The cosmos is regularly consumed and reorganised by the primary fire


report of Stoic school (fragments/reports [c.200 BCE]) by Aristocles - works

Book Reference

'The Stoics Reader', ed/tr. Inwood,B/Gerson,L.P. [Hackett 2008], p.96

A Reaction

[in Eusebius] I wonder why the stoics thought this? Is it just spring cleaning? So is each cycle different? Does that mean that the primary fire was different at each seminal event? What made it different? Or is it eternal recurrence?

Related Idea

Idea 20828 Fire is a separate element, not formed with others (as was previously believed) [Chrysippus, by Stobaeus]