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Single Idea 23360

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / a. Immortality]

Full Idea

Whatever was in you of fire, departs into fire; what was of earth, into earth; what of air, into air; what of water, into water. There is no Hades, nor Acheron.

Gist of Idea

Each of the four elements in you is entirely scattered after death


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 3.13.15)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.177

A Reaction

This sort of remark may explain why so few of the great Stoic texts (such as those of Chrysippus) survived the Christian era.