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  • noun philosophy The supposed periodic destruction of the universe


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  • My theory of (brane gasses/loop quantum cosmology/ekpyrosis/Euclidean quantum gravity) provides a very natural and attractive initial condition for the universe.

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  • The other pagan witnesses to the Stoic belief in the ekpyrosis and the renewal of the world are Seneca,


  • For Pagan testimony to the Stoic doctrine of cycles and the ekpyrosis, Cicero, Academics, II. 37, 119; idem, De natura deorum, II. 46, 118, trans.


  • According to Cicero one of the later Stoics, Panae - tius (second century B.C.), did not accept the doctrine of the ekpyrosis.


  • According to Stoicism there would occur at a given time a general conflagration, the ekpyrosis, after which the world would begin again as it was in the distant past.


  • They usually held that they derived their theory of cycles from Heraclitus, who may be interpreted as believing that each cycle ended with a cosmic conflagration (the ekpyrosis), after which all things would begin once more and continue to repeat the history of the previous cycles.


  • In the Stoics Justin admires especially their ethics (II Apol., viii, 1); he willingly adopts their theory of a universal conflagration (ekpyrosis).

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  • Tatian (second century A.D.), for instance, in his Adversus Graecos says, “Zeno [the founder of Stoicism] has shown that after the ekpyrosis



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  • According to Wikipedia, ekpyrosis is "a Stoic belief in the periodic destruction of the cosmos by a great conflagration every Great Year. The cosmos is then recreated (palingenesis) only to be destroyed again at the end of the new cycle. This form of catastrophe is the opposite of kataklysmos (κατακλυσμός, "inundation"), the destruction of the earth by water," and "the concept of ekpyrosis is attributed to Chrysippus by Plutarch." (See

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