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date: 02 March 2021


  • Herbert Jennings Rose


‘The very first of all Chaos came into being’, says *Hesiod (Theog. 116); it is noteworthy that he implies by the verb (γένετο, not ἦν) that it did not exist from everlasting. What it was like he does not say; the name clearly means ‘gaping void’. Later, presumably influenced by the ὁμοῦ πάντα (‘all is together’) of *Anaxagoras, it is described (Ov.

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