Ab ovo: Orpheus, Sanchuniathon, and the origins of the Ionian world model

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Author: M.L. West
Date: July-December 1994
From: The Classical Quarterly(Vol. 44, Issue 2)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 10,642 words

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The origins of the Time-Egg cosmogony of the Greeks and its parallels in foreign mythology are discussed. The Greek cosmogony first appeared in the 6th century, B.C., seemingly without any historical roots. However, Phoenician, Iranian and Indian myths are theorized to have given birth to the Greek version of the beginning of time and the universe. The Egyptian connection is thought to have arisen in Phoenicia in the middle of the first millenium, B.C.

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