From Chapter VI., Anaxagoras of Klazomenai
As all Nous is the same, we are not surprised to find that plants were regarded as living creatures. If we may trust the pseudo-Aristotelian Treatise on Plants71 so far, Anaxagoras argued that they must feel pleasure and pain in connexion with their growth and with the fall of their leaves. Plutarch says72 that he called plants "animals fixed in the earth."
Both plants and animals originated in the first instance from the πανσπερμία Plants arose when the seeds of them which the air contained were brought down by the rain-water,73 and animals originated in a similar way.74 Like Anaximander, Anaxagoras held that animals first arose in the moist element.75
70. Arist. De part. an. Δ. 10. 687 a 7 (R. P. 160 b).
71. [Arist.] De Plant. A, 1. 815 a 15 (R. P. 160).
1. Diog. ii. 7 (R. P. 148). For the variation in the archon's name, see Jacoby, p. 244, n. 1, and for the chronology generally, see A. E. Taylor in Classical Quarterly, xi. 81 sqq., whose arguments appear to me convincing.
73. Theophr. Hist. Plant. iii. 1, 4 (R. P. 160).
74. Irenaeus, Adv. Haer. ii. 14, 2 (R. P. 160 a).
75. Hipp. Ref. i. 8, 12 (Dox. p. 563).
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