Dante Alighieri places Anaxagoras in the First Circle of Hell (Limbo) in his Divine Comedy ( Inferno , Canto IV, line 118).
Prior to the beginning of world as we know it everything was combined together in such a unified manner that there were no qualities or individual substances that could be discerned. “All things were together, unlimited in both amount and smallness.” (frag. 1) As such, reality was like the Parmenidian whole, except this whole contained all the primary matters or “seeds,” which are represented in the following passages through a series of opposites:
The most important player in this continuous play of being is mind ( nous ). Although mind can be in some things, nothing else can be in it—mind is unmixed. We recall that, for Anaxagoras, everything is mixed with everything. There is some portion of everything in anything that we identify. Thus, if anything at all were mixed with mind, then everything would be mixed with mind. This mixture would obstruct mind’s ability to rule all else. Mind is in control, and it is responsible for the great mixture of being. Everlasting mind—the most pure of all things—is responsible for ordering the world.
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Other references: Central Council Collection of Doubles Methods (part) and an article by Tony Smith in the Ringing World of 1986 (page 896). A collection by Geoffrey K. Dodd and Roy H. Jones was published in the Ringing World in 1964, with a supplement in 1966. I have used page references from these collections, but earlier references to the original naming of the variations would be welcome.