Project #39081 - Hesiod/Homeric Hymns

  1. a) Explain the meaning of the two Strifes in lines (II. 1-41)?
    b) What is the significance of Prometheus and Pandora at lines (II. 42-105)?
    c) List and briefly characterize the 5 generations of mankind at lines (II. 106-201)

    1. Thales; 1a: What does the first quoted fragment suggest about the way Thales thinks about the world? What do

      fragments 2 and 3 reveal about his thinking of water? What do the fragments on the soul in 4-5 suggest to do about his view of nature?

    2. Anaximander; 1b: What is his description of the first principle of things given in fragments 1 & 2? What does he say about things that perish? In fragments 3-4 what point is he making about the earth and origin and development of human beings.

    3. Anaximenes; 1c: In fragments 1-4, how does his first principle differ from Anaximanderʼs? What account does he give to motion and the observable change we see in things?

      THREE ICONOCLASTS (IONIANS)

    4. Pythagoras; 2a: What is the main theme of fragments 1-4? In fragment 5, what do the Pythagoreans say about

      the element of all things that are? What do they say about the limited and unlimited in fragments 6-8? What was the importance of the tetractys in fragment 9?

    5. Philolaus; 1-5: What is he saying about ʻnature in the cosmosʼ and the importance of harmony? What is the relation of the soul to the body in fragment 6?

    6. Xenophanes; 2b: In fragments 1-5, what is the object and point of his criticism? List the characteristics he gives of God in fragments 6-10? What conclusions does he draw from his observations in fragments 11-13?

    7. Heraclitus; 2c: What does he mean by logos In fragments 1-2, 10-15, 19-23, 41? What is he suggesting about the difference between human understanding, the conventional view of the gods, and nature, in fragments 3-10, 16-18, 27, 31-40?

      ELEATIC MONISM

    10. Parmenides; 3a: Distinguish the two ways of inquiry discussed in fragments 2-6? List specific characteristics of

    being he gives in #7. What would be the way of opinion?

    11. Melissus; 1-11: What characteristics does he list for the One especially in #7. What seems to be his reasons against plurality (many) in #8?

    12. Zeno; 3c: Look at fragments 5-8. What point is he making about motion? 

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