KLEANTES SE HIMNE AAN ZEUS

J. C. Thom

Abstract


Kleantes van Assos (ca. 310-230 v.C.) se Himne aan Zeus word allerwee as 'n
besOndere dokument beskou. Vanuit 'n fllosofies-historiese perspektief is dit van
groot waarde omdat dit die enigste vroeg-Stoisynse teks van beduidende lengte is
wat min of meer in sy geheel behoue gebly het. Van groter interesse is egter die feit
dat Kleantes oenskynlik in hierdie himne sy Stoisyns-fllosofiese denke met 'n
opregte vroomheid kombineer (Wilamowitz-Moellendorff 1955:2.288). Ben geleerde
noem die Himne trouens "een van die treffendste oorblyfsels van antieke
vroomheid" (Festugiere [1949] 1983:311; verdere verwysings in Mansfeld
1979:130-131). S6 beskou is die Himne aan Zeus 'n belangrike illustrasie van die
wyse waarop fllosofie in die Hellenistiese tyd die rol van 'n surrogaat-godsdiens
begin vervul het (vgl Festugiere [1949] 1983:310-332; 1954:106-112).

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/41-1-2-214

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