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Creating the Greek Gods
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First signs of skepticism in the 5th century BCE Herodotus : “Homer and Hesiod named the gods and gave them their shape.” How could this be true? Why would someone believe this about poets? Do poets speak for the gods?
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More currents of skepticism Xenophanes (early 5 th c.)is first recorded skeptic of the anthropomorphism of Greek gods; suggests monotheistic alternative to polytheism. Contrast Egyptian theriomorphic (animal-shaped) gods. (see http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/xenophanes/ ) Euhemerism ties stories of gods to legends about real people Pindar acknowledges myths of immoral conduct, but provides alternative versions Plato shares Pindar’s concerns with morality: poets tell “false stories” about gods and heroes engaging in unethical conduct. These myths harm their souls of their listeners. Why would a culture then imagine such stories?
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Beginnings How a culture imagines it began tells us much about it Keep this in mind when reading Greek
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course MYTH 2001 taught by Professor Online during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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