Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

Volume 1, No. 1

Volume 1, No. 1

Early Greek Cosmology: A Historiographical Review

Norris S. Hetherington

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Early Greek cosmology has attracted much attention from classicists, historians, philosophers, and scientists, with each group bringing to the subject its own interests and biases. Purportedly authoritative reconstructions and analyses of ancient Greek cosmology exist in abundance, even though no philosophical writings of the Presocratic period, circa 600 to 400 BC, have survived. The Greeks’ attempt to explain celestial phenomena in natural terms and to avoid supernatural or divine intervention is a common theme linking many otherwise disparate scholarly studies. A frequent point of dispute involves the degree to which ancient ideas are to be judged in the context of modern science.

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