Genealogy in Early Greek Philosophy

Joseph Zehner
This dissertation examines the influence of genealogical thinking on early Greek philosophy and their historical context. The first chapter focuses on the genealogies of Homer, Hecataeus of Miletus, and Pherecydes of Athens to demonstrate the pervasiveness of genealogical thought in the Archaic period, its malleability for different purposes, and its agonistic qualities. The second chapter examines Chaos in Hesiod's "Theogony," showing how the proem emphasizes the absolute priority of Chaos and detailing the lasting influence...
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