Good morning, class. I am your sub. prof. this morning and will doubtless remember the other syllables of that title later in the day. Not a morning person. Who can tell me who Eos is? No one? I thought not. According to Hesiod's Theogony, Eos was the daughter of the Titan Hyperion and the Titaness Theia, sister of Helios, the sun god, and Selene, the moon goddess. How do we explain a birth from three mothers --some of them female? Well, it's very hard to explain, so I won't.
What's that? Textbook says what? Well, lucky for you this is an early-morning class and most of us aren't actually here --including me. Oh, you are a morning person? Perhaps you can share with the class what time the sun rose this morning? 6:30? Ha! I was a gardener for 35 years and happen to know there is no such time. No, really, that was my starting time and I was always late but nobody noticed. Please close your textbook. Shall we have our first slide please...
This picture of the Pantheon includes three levels of deities: the Primordials, headed by Chaos; the Olympians --originally 12 in number, then less as the others thought Hephaestus might be a liver disease and so on until the great clash of the Titans; the Titans were defeated and relegated to lower status. Yes? Question about the slide? Well, this slide is meant to show the cyclic character of the universe. Question?
Good point. The cyclic nature under discussion is indeed suggested by the Zodiac. In fact, zōdiakos kyklos, meaning "circle of animals" is a Greek term. The theology from which it depends described nature as proceeding in cycles. Pardon? Yes, with a few exceptions like Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,
life after the Pantheon was not considered cyclic but just one damn thing after another.
It appears we're running a bit late with all these questions, so I will dispense with your regular teacher's instructions to relate this material to theological disputes between revolutionary leader, Pancho Villa, and his gardener brother, Bougain. Lesson plan also requires you read the text chapter on the 1492 discovery of an immense Atlantic navigational hazard between Spain and India. Your prof. has sent word he will return after recouping investment losses in the Saharan Ski Resort project, and will devote the remainder of his sanity to this class.