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1 Creation and the Cosmos (Volume A)

2 cosmogony ex nihilo theomachy hierarchical structure General Concepts

3 Cannibal Spell for King Unis “Unis’s privileges will not be taken from him, for he has swallowed the Perception of every god” (28).

4 Great Hymn to the Aten el-Amarna monism Hapy dat etiological myths

5 “when on high” Akkadians Tiamat (mother ocean)/ Apsu (father, fresh water) Marduk/ Ea Esharra and Babylon Qingu’s blood, human creation as “artful” Anunna and Igigi (higher, lesser) gods Enuma Elish

6 Marduk

7 Ziggurat

8 The first one should reveal them The wise and knowledgeable should ponder them together The master should repeat, and make the pupil understand The “shepherd” and “herdsman” should pay attention (38). Sanctity of the Text

9 Theogony, “birth of the gods” Gaia / Uranus (mother earth/ father sky) Titans Hesiod as a shepherd “tending sheep at the foothills of god-haunted Helikon” invocation to the Muses Hesiod

10 Nine Muses Kleio Euterpe Thaleia Melpomene Terpsichore Erato Polymnia Ourania Kalliope

11 Aphrodite and the Titans

12 Prometheus and Hubris

13 Pandora

14 The Races of Mankind

15 Thales of Miletus, water as prima materia Heraclitus, theory of transformation Empedocles, conjunction of the elements, laws of attraction and repulsion Anaxagoras, intelligence and process Philosophers

16 Epicureanism “But if I knew nothing of atoms, of what they were, still from the very ways of the heavens, from many other things I could name, I’d dare to assert and prove that not for us and not by gods was this world made” (55). “Surely the heavens and earth must also have a time of origin and a time of death” (56). Lucretius

17 What do these creation myths tell us about original societies, their cultures, and their understanding of the universe? Discussion Questions

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