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Being and Motion$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908904.001.0001

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Ancient Cosmology II

Ancient Cosmology II


(p.252) Chapter 18 Ancient Cosmology II
Being and Motion

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that the third major cosmological description of this time period occurs when the sky father kills the mother and her son-lover and becomes the sole creator—and the origin of centrifugal motion. This occurs in a historical description of theomachy and can be found in Babylonian and Greek cosmology. The Babylonian cosmology found in the Enuma Elish adds another dimension to the previous Bronze Age cosmological descriptions. In Archaic Greece, a similar cosmological theomachy emerged. Hesiod’s Theogony gives us one of the oldest and clearest accounts of Archaic Greek cosmology and theomachy.

Keywords:   Babylonian cosmology, Greek cosmology, Zeus, Hesiod, Marduk

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