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World, creation of the
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I. Definition

The term 'creation of the world' ('CW') (κτίσις/ktísis, Lat. creatio) in the narrower sense should be distinguished from two similar concepts. Unlike 'cosmogony', 'CW' refers to a personal act. Secondly, unlike 'fashioning of the world' in the sense of the craft of a demiourgos [3] (cf. [1]), 'CW' does not mean the mere modelling of existing material in analogy to the creative intervention of an artist, but the…

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Merkt, Andreas (Mainz), Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig), Felber, Heinz (Leipzig), Heimgartner, Martin (Halle), Hollender, Elisabeth (Cologne) and Toral-Niehoff, Isabel (Freiburg), “World, creation of the”, 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 20 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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