201 Midterm Guide - • Zoroastrian texts Ahura...

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Comparative Literature 201 Midterm Study Guide In the midterm, you will be asked to identify three out of five passages taken from the texts listed below. You will be expected to be familiar with the characters named on the list. Enuma Elish : Tiamat, Marduk. Prepare to discuss the passages of the Bible and the Koran cited in Primal Myths . Hesiod selections: Zeus, Kronos, Rhea, Ouranos, Gaia, Chaos. Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses from Primal Myths. Indian Texts: Prajapati. Be familiar with the central philosophical ideas of the selections we have read from the Rig-Veda , the Digha Nikaya , and Jinasena's treatise from the Mahapurana . Timaeus: Prepare to recognize passages in which Timaeus discusses the nature of the creator and the creation of the cosmos.
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Unformatted text preview: • Zoroastrian texts: Ahura Mazda (Ohrmazd), Angra Mainyu (Ahriman), Zarathustra (Zardusht), Zurvan. After correctly identifying the passage and discussing its significance, you may compare how other assigned texts deal with issues related to the passage you have been asked to identify. Questions that you may discuss include, but are certainly not limited to: • Does the text say that there is something divine about humanity? • If the text says how the cosmos was created, does it also say why? • Do the terms "good" and "evil" apply to the worldview of the text? If so, how and why was evil created? • Is creation described as an act of necessity or an act of will? • Is humanity somehow distinct from the rest of the created world?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2010 for the course CL 201 taught by Professor Fairguy during the Fall '09 term at University of Wisconsin.

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