The Similarities And Differences Between The 8th And 7th Century Bce

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The Theogony was written between the 8th and 7th century BCE by the philosopher Hesiod. This epic poem described the birth of the ancient Greek Gods, and how the heaven and earth came to be. The Gods in the Theogony relate to traditions held by the Greeks, and their daily lives. They also use the gods to explain unexplainable phenomenon’s that occurred during their era, and give piece to those who were frightened. All the gods in the Theogony had a meaning and a unique story of how they came to be, but one section of this epic poem stood out to me. This would be the story family line of Uranus to Zeus, they happen to repeat history generation after generation, this shocked me because we live in a society that strives to stay away from events that may repeat the past. Looking back into Zeus’s heritage to the time of Uranus, we can see a very clear trend instilled into the gods of killing their offspring, or the offspring killing their parents to take thrown. Looking at the beginning of the Hesiod we see this happening when Cronus the son of Uranus castrates his father spilling his blood on earth. After this incident was when Cronus takes his father’s thrown and learned a prophecy that he too would be overthrown and killed by his son, so he took desperate measures by swallowing all of his children in an attempt to rid of any chance of being over thrown. When Zeus is born his mother Rhea was forced to give him to Cronus to be swallowed but his mother gave him a wrapped rock

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