In Greek mythology, what were the people who lacked necks called?
#79770. Asked by tragic_flawed. (May 02 07 2:01 AM)
The following are excerpts from the book On Nature, in which Empedocles describes the
fantastic creatures that preceded mankind: “Come now, hear how the shoots of men and
pitiable women were raised at night by fire, as it separated, thus - for my story does not
miss the mark, nor is it ill-informed. First, whole-natured forms sprang up from the earth,
having a portion of both water and heat. Fire sent them up, wishing to come to its like,
and they showed as yet no desirable form in their limbs, nor any voice, nor member native
to man.” (Simplicius, Commentary on Physics 381.29)
“Here many neckless heads sprang up. Naked arms strayed about, devoid of shoulders,
and eyes wandered alone, begging for foreheads. But when they mingled, these things
came together as each happened and many others in addition were continuously born.”
(Simplicius, Commentary on the Heavens, 586.6)
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