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University of Toronto Scarborough
Classical Studies
Anna Walsh

Lecture 2 Greek creation myths 2 basic kinds: cosmogony and theology Cosmology: stories related to birth of the universe; theology: related to birth of the gods These two are both different and discrete things which is odd bc its thought that gods created the worlduniverse but the Greeks thought that the gods and the universe were created separately under different circumstances Ceiling of Vatican depicts Christian view of creation of the world Hesiod Greek oral poet th His date is uncertain latter half of 8 century BC (approx 750 BC): end of Greek??? Hesiod and Homer: Hesiods writings serve as a major source on Greek mythology, farming techniques, archaic Greek astronomy and ancient time-keeping Myths had functions (2 kinds): Cosmogonytheogony = proto-science (divinity and all powerful beings, gods and such). How the natural phenomenon works epic = proto-history (how humans works, explaining how man interacted with fellow man) Where does it all come from? (how Hesiod said it) All begins with something called Chaos: a gap, chasm, void, emptiness negative space. Not chaos (mess, anarchy, disorder); Greeks thought the world started with a void
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