From Chapter V., Empedokles of Akragas
114. Organic Combinations
The possibility of organic combinations depends on the fact that there is still water in the earth, and even fire (fr. 52). The warm springs of Sicily were a proof of this, not to speak of Etna. These springs Empedokles appears to have explained by one of his characteristic images, drawn this time from the heating of warm baths.113 His similes are nearly all drawn from human inventions and manufactures.
113. Seneca, Q. Nat. iii. 24, "facere solemus dracones et miliaria et complures formas in quibus
aere tenui fistulas struimus per declive circumdatas, ut saepe eundem ignem ambiens aqua per tantum
fluat spatii quantum efficiendo calori sat est. frigida itaque intrat, effluit calida. idem sub terra
Empedocles existimat fieri."
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