Empedocles (cp. p. 60) of Sicily (c. 490-430 B.C.) conceived the story of the universe as an everlasting evolution, a series of endless cycles in which the two motive principles, love and hate, alternately prevail over the four elements — fire, air, earth and water.

Note by A.J.Grieve, (MA) to the chapter Changes To The Constitution in Part Two of "Reflections On The Revolution"
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