Empedocles

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Em·ped·o·cles

(ĕm-pĕd′ə-klēz′) Fifth century bc.
Greek philosopher who believed that all matter is composed of elemental particles of fire, water, earth, and air.
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The threat of breakdown and the desire to escape it are especially clear in Holderlin's Der Tod des Empedokles, in which Empedokles fails to gain uptake from the people when he declares himself a god by means of the verb substantive "I am.