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Empedocles (c. 495–435 B.C.)

Empedocles (em-ped’o-klēz). A celebrated Sicilian Greek philosopher; born at Agrigentum about B.C. 500; died probably in the Peloponnesus about B.C. 440. He was physician, philosopher, seer, and poet. We have some considerable fragments of his work on ‘Nature’ (or ‘Natural Things’ or ‘Natural Philosophy’). Of another of his works, on ‘Lustrations’ or ‘Purifications,’ there remain but a few short fragments. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).