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Types of Creation Stories Types of Creation Stories Automatic >elements arise by themselves Like Graeco-Roman myths. World begins with CHAOS> physics of myth Architectural> a supernatural creator is necessary
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Homer Incomplete account of genesis Hesiod (ca. 700) Boeotian poet working ca. 700 B. C. Theogony and Works and Days Bitter perspective on life Importance to him of the Muses of Mt. Helicon First literary account of genesis among the Greeks ( Theogony and Works and Days )
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HESIOD- HESIOD- THEOGONY THEOGONY -Literally means the “origin of gods” -Literally means the “origin of gods” -When was the poem composed? -When was the poem composed? -Who is HESIOD? -Who is HESIOD? -Connection with the -Connection with the Works and Days Works and Days (Agriculture wisdom poetry) (Agriculture wisdom poetry) -Also authored by Hesiod -Also authored by Hesiod Catalogue of Catalogue of Women Women and the and the Shield of Heracles (?) Shield of Heracles (?)
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Structure of the Structure of the THEOGONY THEOGONY -Invocation to the Muses Reproach to the shepherd, truth and lies game -The First Gods -Castration of Ouranos -Birth of Aphrodite-compare with Apollodorus -Other Early Gods -Birth of the Olympians- Prometheus -Pandora – Titanomachy -Tartaros- Typhoios- Zeus in power-Olympian order
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FIRST BEINGS COSMOGONY CHAOS GE or GAIA (=EARTH) TARTARUS EROS EREBOS With Night NIGHT URANUS (OURANOS) MOUNTAINS PONTUS DAY AETHER ERINYES GIANTS MOERAE (FATES) NEMESIS (=retribution)
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GE AND OURANOS GE + OURANOS (Ouranos was produced asexually) by Ge (Gaia) 12 TITANS CYCLOPES HECATONCHEIRES (with a hundred hands)
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