Please read:

– Hesiod, Theogony, in The Works of Hesiod (Cambridge : Chadwyck-Healey, 1992.) The Theogony is at the bottom of the eBook contents list. (Read enough to understand Hesiod’s style and the works importance for the history of science.) Available on the Hagerty Library electronic sources at:

– T. E. Rihll, “Teaching and Learning in Classical Athens,” Greece & Rome , Second Series, Vol. 50, No. 2 (Oct., 2003), pp. 168-190 available at:

And discuss:

1) Hesiod: Hesiod’s Theogony is considered to be an early cosmology (explanation for the origin and evolution of the world). It takes some patience and a careful ey, but discuss what is ‘scientific’ or ‘nature study’ about Hesiod’s writing?

2) Rihill: He provides a rich window on the experiences of the Greek philosophers.  What were the greatest challenges of teaching philosophy in the Ancient Greek world, and how did the philosophers meet them?

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