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Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book 14, section 1091b (search)
the sense of an element, and then deriving number from unity. The early poets agree with this view in so far as they assert that it was not the original forces—such as Night, Heaven, Chaos or Ocean—but Zeus who was king and ruler.It was, however, on the ground of the changing of the rulers of the world that the poets were led to state these theories; because those of them who compromise by not describing everything in mythological language—e.g. PherecydesOf Syros (circa 600-525 B.C.). He made Zeus one of the three primary beings (Diels,Vorsokratiker201, 202). and certain others—make the primary generator the Supreme Good; and so do the Magi,The Zoroastrian priestly caste. and some of the later philosophers such as Empedocles and Anaxagoras: the one making Love an element,Cf. Aristot. Met. 3.1.13. and the other making Mind a first principle.Cf. Aristot. Met. 1.3.16. And of those who hold that