It must not be held to imply that one nation imitates the course pursued by another, nor that the points of resemblance between them are transmitted by tradition from one to the other, but merely that all are subject to one law, inasmuch as this is based on the human nature common to all alike.
Thus he says that the silver which has been changed into gold by the projection of the red elixir is not rendered resistant to the agents which affect silver but not gold, and Albertus Magnus in his De Mineralibus - the De Alchemia attributed to him is spurious - states that alchemy cannot change species but merely imitates them - for instance, colours a metal white to make it resemble silver or yellow to give it the appearance of gold.
For his own countryman Ennius he expresses an affectionate admiration; and he imitates his language, his rhythm and his manner in many places.
In the former he imitates the Greek poet Archilochus, but takes his subjects from the men, women and incidents of the day.
3 Fleming and Ashton, " On a Model which imitates the behaviour of Dielectrics," Phil.
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