Reading Guide for Hesiod's Theogony

Reading Guide for Hesiod's Theogony - The Theogony , which...

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Reading Guide for Hesiod’s Theogony Most of us have heard of the great epic poet Homer and know or read his Iliad or Odyssey . However, far fewer of us have heard of his contemporary Hesiod; yet his poems were equally famed in antiquity. Homer's poems tell the tales of war and adventure in lengthy narratives – the events in the Iliad occur over roughly four days; while Hesiod wrote more compact compositions of what are today called "wisdom literature." His earliest poem, the Theogony, was perhaps composed in the late 8th century BCE . The poems of both Homer and Hesiod were originally transmitted orally and recited by generation after generation of poet musicians. Like Homer, Hesiod is an elusive figure, renowned by name, yet nearly anonymous in person.
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Unformatted text preview: The Theogony , which means birth of the gods, tells the story of the creation of the gods and goddesses, makings of the universe and how it came to be ordered as the Greeks understood it. Questions 1. How do the generations of god and goddesses differ from each other? What role does the change of generations play in the struggles between the gods? What might this tell us about Greek society? Why do certain gods win out? 2. How do the gods mirror humanity and how do they differ from it? 3. Is there a sense of right and justice in the Theogony ? On what is it based and how does it work? 4. What is the relationship between mortals and immortals? What happens if mortals cross immortals or do them an injustice?...
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