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    Hesiod’s Theogony lines 139-163 The Theogony means the birth of gods in Hesiod’s Theogony it is meant to explain the origin of the Greek Gods. My focus reading the Theogony is to analyze how each god or goddess came to be and which part clearly depicts the true meaning of this Ancient poem. I am going to be focusing more on the births of the hated and despised children and creatures born gods. In this part of the Theogony it is set during the births of some of the god’s children Right after the

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    The desire for power is a common struggle in both the human world and Ancient Greek myth. Hesiod’s Theogony is a classic piece of Greek literature that details the history and stories of Greek myth, including the relationship between the gods Ouranos, Kronos, and Zeus. Many humans are able to attain power by simply working towards their goals, while others often resort to betrayal. The only way a Greek god can rise to power is by overthrowing their predecessors. The battle between established gods

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    In Hesiod’s Theogony, the Greek family relationships were often a repeated cycle between the husband, wife and their children. Based on the generations, including Ouranos, all the men that came to rule automatically loathed their child, because they believed their children would take away their power. Since this behavior was similarly recurring every generation, the women were often forced to create mischievous plans to help their children’s rise to power. The cycle of power, deceit and achievement

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    Reflection Paper #1 Throughout Hesiod’s “Theogony”, the origin of the universe was established through the use of gods and goddesses forming the universe as the Greeks knew it. These gods and goddesses were portrayed as having a few human characteristics, despite their immense power. Upon further analysis of the poem, we begin to see that Hesiod’s work is very representative of the various Greek customs and reflective of the culture of his time, especially when analyzing the characters found within

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    11. I. Chaos II. Greek Mythology, Hesiod’s poem “Theogony” III. Chaos is the first divine state of existence, which is the origin of all the Greek gods, and all things. In the story, Hesiod described Chaos as a shapeless and moving entity of unknown matter. In the beginning of time there was no trace of life where only emptiness, silence and darkness prevailed. Chaos is the embodiment of that first state of existence. Out of Chaos were created Gaia (Earth), Tartarus (Underworld) and Eros (Love)

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    of a clever, evil plan” (Hesiod, Theogony 161). But that she is not the one to carry out the plan is made clear with the line “addressed her sons, urging them on, with sorrow in her heart” (Hesiod, Theogony 163-4). She convinces her children to do as she tells them to so that they can repay their father for his wicked crimes, however, she does so with sorrow in her heart. This line “addressed her sons, urging them on, with sorrow in her heart” (Hesiod, Theogony 163-4) shows both that Gaia is not

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    Hesiod’s Theogony is a poem that discusses the “birth of gods or goddesses” in early Egypt. The literary work of Hesiod illustrates how the creation of gods occurred. It also discusses the consolidation of the level of power that the gods have. According to the poem, the author defines the power of gods as a fight that exists between the sons and their fathers. It also defines the powers of gods as a fight that occurs between females and males. There is a clear form of biasness demonstrated in the

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    The Theogony of Hesiod discusses about anything. It discusses about the “birth of gods/goddesses.” The work of Hesiod presents how gods were created and the consolidation of the powers of gods as a fight that occur between sons and fathers as well as between female birth and male counterparts. In the Theogony, Hesiod demonstrates very clear biasness for the winner of the struggle of fathers and sons, for instance male sky-god Zeus while at the same time showing biasness of males against women (Caldwell

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    The worldview held in Hesiod’s Theogony heavily emphasizes the Greek gods and goddesses and their crucial role in creating the universe. Together, as told by Hesiod, “Gaia, the Earth, came into being” (Theog. line 117) and from Gaia “Ouranos, starry heaven” (Theog. line 126) was born. Following Ouranos came the mountains, sea, and ocean. Not only does Hesiod credit gods and goddesses for creating the world, but he also gives them credit for creating different aspects of humans, such as “Death, and

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    The Destructive Power of Love in Hesiod's Theogony Love is one of the most fundamental forces at work in Hesiod's Theogony.Ê Personified as Eros, Love is one of the first gods to appear.Ê Although he is parentless and fathers no children of his own, he plays catalyst to the reproductive creation of the world.Ê Just as the world is not perfect, however, so Eros is not an entirely benevolent power.Ê He affects all beings indiscriminately, which results in the proliferation of monsters and dark

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