Friday, May 11, 2007

Research: Hesiod

A early Greek Poet, Hesiod represents the first step in Hellenic Philosophy. Hesiod lived during the Greek Archaic Age (the Dark Ages); which happened immediately after the fall of Troy (located in Turkey). Hesiod wrote the Poem the Theogony, which is a collection of the Greek Masculine Creation Myth that everyone recognizes.

Hesiod's writing deals with creation ex niliho (out of nothing), which is in direct conflict with the Orphic Creation Myth -- which features the Goddess Eurynome and the cosmic serpent Ophion. To Hesiod, the Universe comes into being by itself. The Theogony points are:
  • Creation of Chaos.
  • Creation of Earth
  • Tartaros
  • Eros (Love)
  • Eurebus
  • Night
  • Atmosphere
  • Day
  • Uranos
  • Mountains
  • Sea
  • Ocean
  • then the Titans and the other offspring

Hesiod's Theogony said that the Universe created itself out of nothing without a Creator. Therefore, the Theogony skips the question of a Creator. The Orphic Myth, however, doesn't. Eurynome is the feminine creator of the universe. However if the Greeks knew that there was something that created Eurynome, they've forgotten him, her, or it. The Theogony is considered a precursor to Greek philosophy. Hesiod is the first step towards Hellenic brilliance and learning.

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