Analysis Of Homer 's Narrative About The Gods

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To understand truth. This is the basis of man since he was first capable of thinking. As society began to develop, man began to question the truths of the universe, influencing their desire to grasp the Arche, ultimately leading to philosophies. Early Greek thinkers were some of the earliest to attempt to grasp the truths of our universe through thought and reasoning. But because of there being numerous thinkers during this time, there were many forms of thinking surfacing. This ranged from poetry to philosophies, meaning that multiple thought processes were invoked in effort to reach an understanding of the arche. Therefore, in this essay, I will argue that while poetry may invoke philosophies on the origins, early philosophers and their writings actually produce arguments that in turn develop philosophical thought which help grasp the arche, through the writings of Hesiod and Heraclitus. I will do so by contrasting Hesiod’s narrative about the gods, specifically the cycle of power, and Heraclitus’ assessment of the logos, along with Heraclitus’ remarks about Hesiod’s lack of understanding of the logos.
To understand why Hesiod does not fully grasp the Arche, there must be an understanding of what the Arche is and how it relates to the logos. The Arche, in respects to philosophy, is man’s ever reaching goal of understanding the origin; not only man’s origin, but also the origin of everything that that is. In essence, when man is attempting to understand the true origin, he…

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