EMPEDOCLES believes that Nature is nothing else but the
mixture and separation of the elements; for thus he writes
in the first book of his natural philosophy:
Nature gives neither life nor death,[p. 132] Anaxagoras is of the same opinion, that Nature is coalition and separation, that is, generation and corruption.
Mutation makes us die or breathe.
The elements first are mixed, then all
Do separate: this mortals Nature call.