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Heraclitus: Fragments

In the sixth century B.C.—twenty-five hundred years before Einstein—Heraclitus of Ephesus declared that energy is the essence of matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. His great book, On Nature, the world’s first coherent philosophical treatise and touchstone for Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius, has long been lost to history—but its surviving fragments have for thousands of years tantalized our greatest thinkers, from Montaigne to Nietzsche, Heidegger to Jung. Now, acclaimed poet Brooks Haxton presents a powerful free verse translation of all surviving fragments of the teachings of Heraclitus, with the ancient Greek originals beautifully reproduced en regard. James Hillman provides a brief, illuminating foreward, affirming the vitality of this deeply influential philosopher.

 

EXCERPTS

The river
where you set

your foot just now
is gone —
those waters giving way to this,
now this. 

 

Seekers of wisdom first
need sound intelligence.

 

As all things change to fire,
and fire exhausted

falls back into things.
the crops are sold
for money spent on food.