[Milton-L] More Nature of Evil

rose williams rwill627 at cox.net
Wed Aug 16 16:51:15 EDT 2006

To the ancient Greeks and Romans, morality, integrity, and other virtues were important, but the Christian concept of evil seems to come through the Jews, who may have borrowed it from the Zoroastrians. The Greeks indeed spoke of daimons, but they could do good as well as bad works, and were often inferior gods or ghosts of dead heroes -- creatures somewhere between mortals and gods. Both Greeks and Romans thought that their powerful gods might send bad things to them as punishment for some infraction of the rules, rather like a supernatural parent administering a spanking, but they had no god completely evil, and they seem to lack a concept in which any particular entity or occurence was totally composed of evil.
Rose Williams
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mike Selby 
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 2:29 PM
  Subject: [Milton-L] More Nature of Evil

  I have found Classical allusions throughout the entire epic of Paradise Lost.   Did the Classical authors hold a different view of the nature of evil?

  --Mike Selby 


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