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On Nature was a philosophical poem composed by Empedocles, a hidden copy of which was found by Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the 16th century.

Summary

A major poetic work by the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Empedocles, previously thought lost. Empedocles was one of the first to articulate a vague—if somewhat bizarre—version of the theory of evolution, which described a prehistoric world filled with autonomous body parts—free roaming eyes, hands, feet, organs etc. Over time, he argued, these parts gradually joined together in symbiotic union to create all the natural diversity we observe today.

Trivia

  • While a copy of the poem is retrieved in-game by Ezio, in real life the book remains lost, with only a quarter of it having survived in fragments.

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