“There was a time when all that existed was without form and cloudy .. There was nothing except the matter that had been scattered. He reigned the shapeless inertia until the creator of all things, having attracted order in order to protect life, imposed its imprint on the world. He detached the heavens from the earth, separated the continent from the sea, and each of the four elements took its shape"

(Heraclitus, Homeric Allegories)