[Milton-L] Re prelaps seasons: when is a question a good one?

Harold Skulsky hskulsky at smith.edu
Wed Jan 6 23:12:47 EST 2010


It would be a pity to overlook the fact that, thanks to a tradition due
to Hesiod (Theogony 901), the Horae (Seasons) are daughters of Themis,
the goddess of equity, and  inherit from her the power of conferring a
harmonious order on human affairs as well as the general affairs of life
on earth; in their moral and political dimension, their names are Dikē,
Eirene and Eunomia, – Justice, Peace, and the dominion of Good Laws. 

The idea here is that Milton envisions a benign Hesiodic twin of our
hectic postlapsarian cycle. If so, prelapsarian time is not a
featureless continuum but a providential order, just as the eternity of
God and his angels (as Raphael testifies) is a luminous round of
distinct “days” brought forth by “heav’n’s Great Year.” 



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