CLAS220 - Lecture Notes for March 22, 2012

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CLAS220 - Lecture Notes for March 22, 2012

  1. 1. Introduction toClassical Mythology Dr. Michael BroderUniversity of South Carolina March 22, 2012
  2. 2. Philosophy is the pursuit of knowledge about nature and humanity• philo– = love of < Gr. philia, lo• sophy– = wisdom < Gr. sophia, wisdom
  3. 3. Like history, philosophy was a new alternative to mythological thinking• Where history is a type of knowledge about past events, philosophy is a type of knowledge about – The natural world (nature) – The human world (humanity or culture) – The rational world (mathematics, logic)• Just as Herodotus is considered the father of history, the father of philosophy is Socrates
  4. 4. Symposium: Identification• Author = Plato – Greek – 428-347 BCE• Title = Symposium• Genre = Philosophical dialogue
  5. 5. Introduction toClassical Mythology Dr. Michael BroderUniversity of South Carolina March 22, 2012

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