Ancient Greek Cosmogony

Ancient Greek Cosmogony

by Andrew Gregory
     
 

ISBN-10: 0715634771

ISBN-13: 9780715634776

Pub. Date: 01/03/2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

"This is the first detailed and comprehensive account of ancient Greek theories of the origins of the world. It covers the period from 800 B.C. to 600 A.D., beginning with myths concerning the creation of the world. It covers the cosmogonies of all the major Greek and Roman thinkers, as well as the debate between Greek philosophical cosmogony and early Christian views…  See more details below

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"This is the first detailed and comprehensive account of ancient Greek theories of the origins of the world. It covers the period from 800 B.C. to 600 A.D., beginning with myths concerning the creation of the world. It covers the cosmogonies of all the major Greek and Roman thinkers, as well as the debate between Greek philosophical cosmogony and early Christian views. It argues that Greeks formulated many of the perennial problems of philosophical cosmogony and produced philosophically and scientifically interesting answers." The atomists argued that our world was one among many worlds, and came about by chance. Plato argued that our world is unique, and is the product of design. Empedocles and the Stoics, in quite different ways, argued that there was an unending cycle whereby our world is generated, destroyed and generated again. Aristotle on the other hand argued that there was no such thing as cosmogony, and our world has always existed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715634776
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/03/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Mythological Accounts of Creation 13

2 The Milesians 26

3 Heraclitus 57

4 Parmenides and Eleaticism 70

5 Empedocles 78

6 Anaxagoras 102

7 Leucippus and Democritus 117

8 Some Other Presocratics 128

9 Plato 140

10 Aristotle 163

11 Epicurus and His Followers 173

12 The Stoics 187

13 Early Christianity and Creation 203

14 Later Platonism and the Debate with Christianity 218

Notes 247

Bibliography 283

Index Locorum 301

Index of Names 307

General Index 310

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