07 - Zeus III Cosmos and Logos 11:58:00 –Contrast between mythic images/philosophical ideas of the gods– Order and Disorder Zeus is associated

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Unformatted text preview: Zeus III: Cosmos and Logos 07/09/2007 11:58:00 –Contrast between mythic images/philosophical ideas of the gods– Order and Disorder Zeus is associated with Sky • He has an eagle • He has elemental powers (thunderbolt) • He takes human shape • He controls cosmos o Cosmos as in organized universe o Cosmos as in adornment ← Archilochus (7 th century B.C.) • Inversion of Nature o Able to date Archilochus because of the Eclipse he described Zeus can create a night at noon (Eclipse that took place around 648 BC) Zeus can switch places of animals (cows swimming in the ocean) • Inversion of Human Society o Zeus can make life comical (low to high: a farmer to a king) o Zeus can make life tragic (high to low: a king to a farmer) • Power = Justice o Nature and human society Oedipus’s life was destroyed because he slept with his mother (justified use of god’s power) ← Aeschylus (5 th century B.C.) • “Zeus is sky, Zeus is earth, Zeus is heaven; Zeus is everything and all that is beyond these things.” Continued...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course HUMA 1100 taught by Professor Mori during the Fall '07 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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07 - Zeus III Cosmos and Logos 11:58:00 –Contrast between mythic images/philosophical ideas of the gods– Order and Disorder Zeus is associated

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