Uploaded on May 27, 2010
Pro-Socratic Archaic Philosophy,
Thales of Miletus, Pittacus of Mytilene, Bias of Priene, Solon of Athens, Cleobulus of Rhodes, Myson of Chenaei, Chilon of Sparta
Hymn to man
"Many are the wonders of the world, but nothing is greater than man.
He sails on the huge waves of the south ocean, and blow you south wind.
And Gaia (earth), the supreme goddess, the incorruptible, plow tilling her with the tamed horses, making her sprout every year.
Catch the hare-brained birds, in his traps, animals and wild beasts of the land and nets for the treasures of the seas.
The ingenious man dominates mountains and valleys, passing the bridle to the wild horse and the strong bull.
He learned to talk with inspired thoughts, created societies and laws and saw the way to be safe from ice and cold and rain showers.
All that he manages and will accomplish yet, failling to see the future.
Only from his death will not be spared even if he found remedies for incurable diseases.
But even if it is managed all that and many more with wisdom, arts and skills; surprisingly, some times seeks for evil and and other times for good."
Sophocles (497 BC - 406 BC ) "Antigone"
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