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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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    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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    14040833 Price Mythology 1060 17 February 2013 Role of Women in Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days In most Greek mythology there is a general hostility towards the female sex, which relays that most poets and writers themselves were sexist. Throughout Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days, women are portrayed in a very subservient manner, placing them far below men and are almost despised. However, in more than one instance, manipulation, women’s true power, is shown. They are constantly

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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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    Hesiod Versus Ovid

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    versus Cosmology A Comparison of Creation in Hesiod’s Theogony and Ovid’s Metamorphoses By Catherine Franklin To fully understand the poems; Metamorphoses and Theogony, one needs to understand more about the writers. Hesiod was a greek poet, who lived around 700BC, and was inspired by muses to write epic poetry. Theogony is considered one of earliest works and concerns itself with the cosmogony, or the origins of the world and theogony, or the gods, and pays specific detail to genealogy (West

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    Gaia In The Porgony

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    “Vast Earth” (Hesiod, Theogony, 61) implying that she is an object, or a non-sentient entity. Conversely, she is also able to speak as she does to her sons (Hesiod, Theogony, 66-9), and as she is pregnant she is “strained and stretched” (Hesiod, Theogony, 61) and showing a humanlike discomfort. This demonstrates a struggle to keep Earth a purely objectified concept and a simultaneous failure to fully humanise her, resulting in a contradictory depiction of Gaia’s existence in Theogony. However, this method

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