September 7- Hesiod, Theogony

September 7- Hesiod, Theogony - 09-07 Hesiod, Theogony The...

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Hesiod, Theogony The Nature of the Gods If Theogony is a specific work composed by a specific individual who had a specific agenda, are we justified in using it as a source for ‘Greek myth’ in general? Yes (with some caution) -Hesiod based his work on traditional myths -Hesiod’s work became the standard account Muses in Theogony 7: ‘they begin their choral dance on Helikon’s summit’ 11-22: they sing about the gods 23: ‘they once taught Hesiod the art of singing verse’ 37: ‘start with the Muses’ 53-63: nine daughters of Zeus and Memory Who are the Muses? Divine personification/source of poetic inspiration -Compare first line of Odyssey Late associated with inspiration for other artistic and intellectual endeavors Number, names, and functions fluctuate -Hesiod establishes ‘canonical’ number and name Theogony 12-21 Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Poseidon, Themis, Aphrodite, Hebe, Dione, Leto, Iapetos, Kronos, Eos, Helios, Selene, Gaia, Okeanos, Night
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