Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek Philosophers on Myth and Cosmology
In this menagerie, fire was represented by Apollo, Helios and Hephaestus, water by Poseidon and Scamander, air by Hera, and so forth. Also abstract qualities had divine representation — wisdom with Athene, desire with Aphrodite, reason with Hermes and folly, no less, with Ares. For gods to actually do battle, in the way Homer has it, would be unbecoming to them.
No writing of his own remains, nor any fragments of his words.
LiteratureFreeman, Kathleen, The Pre-Socratic Philosophers, Oxford 1946.
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