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Myth Paper #1 - Melo Michelle In comparing and contrasting...

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Melo, Michelle In comparing and contrasting the book of genesis to Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Hesiod’s Theogony, three classical stories can be reviewed, the creation of the world, the birth of mortal man, and the introduction of evil. Commonalities as well as differences are apparent throughout the works. The biblical book of Genesis was written around 1500 B.C. (Before Christ), and the author of which is said to be Moses. However, like the rest of the Bible, there is no specific author. The story of creation in Ovid's Metamorphosis is thought to have been written between 8 and 17 C.E (Common Era), while Hesiod’s Theogony is dated to eighth century B.C.E. (Before Common Era) . Although each of these religious works was written years apart, the Metamorphoses and the Theogony share more similarities than the biblical account of Genesis. Genesis is the Greek word for “birth” or “origin”, thus deeming it appropriate as the first book in the Bible. The story of the creation of the world as according to Genesis accounts for the formation of day and night, the waters, heaven, earth, animals, and finally, man-- all within seven days. After the description of each day, there is a structural pause in which God reflected on his work and saw it as ‘good’. The Theogony and the Metamorphoses are significantly different from the book of Genesis in terms of each works’ account of the creation of the world. The Theogony, meaning, ‘birth of the gods,’ begins with Hesiod asking the Muses how the world was created, offering a different perspective and less direct structure than the Bible. The Muses proceed to describe that “… very first, Chaos came into being…” ( Theogony 116 ). The insinuation that the world was created from “a yawning void” (Classical Mythology 58) influences the reader to believe that from chaos comes order: a popular motif in Greek mythology. Chaos is not identified as a deity, but as the first principle, 1
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Melo, Michelle ( Classical Mythology 57) or a ‘starting point’. From Chaos came Gaia, the earth; Tartarus, the underworld; Eros, love and procreative principle;, Erebus, the gloom of Tartarus; and Night. From the beginning, as in the Bible, there is a defined separation of
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This note was uploaded on 10/31/2009 for the course CLT 3370 taught by Professor Magill during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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