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A. General

As aetiological accounts, the Greek anthropogony myths answer the question of the origin of humanity only technically, as a rule, and not also teleologically as do the corresponding oriental myths, which define the human being as the servant of the gods (thus Pl. Symp. 190c-d, cf. [1. 261 f.]). The type of anthropogony encompasses a three-part typology [2. 16; 29]: emersio (sprouting up out of the earth), formatio (formation by a creator god), sacrificatio (anthropogony from…

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Caduff, Gian Andrea (Zizers), “Anthropogony”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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