apodosis; and if the interval between “I” and
“set out” is too great, the result is obscurity. The first rule therefore is to make a proper use of
connecting particles; the second, to employ special, not generic terms.
The third consists in avoiding ambiguous
terms, unless you deliberately intend the opposite, like those who, having
nothing to say, yet pretend to say something; such people accomplish this by the
use of verse, after the manner of Empedocles.Of Agrigentum （c.
490-430）, poet, philosopher, and physician. Among other legends
connected with him, he is said to have thrown himself into the crater of
Etna, so that by suddenly
disappearing he might be thought to be a god. His chief work was a poem
called Nature, praised by Lucretius. The principles of things are the four
elements, fire, air, water, and earth, which are unalterable and
indestructible. Love and hate, alternately prevailing, regulate the