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Mythology Lecture 3 January 15, 2008 o Epic poetry: concept that refers to a specific metrical pattern of the poem. o The body of poems which we will be reading belongs to the same time period and is considered epics. o Theogony was prob written down sometime around the 8 th century BC o Keyword : Metis: the art of tricks, the fundamental way Zeus holds power. o Names : Chaos (opening/void), Eros (Desire, brings male and female entities together so offspring are produced), Gaia, Ouranos, Kronos, Rhea, Typhoeus, Zeus, Athena, Metis o Myths are told with the sense that something important is being told, something is at stake. o Generally at the beginning of a myth, the author will invoke the muses (daughters of the goddess of Memory) so that they will inspire him. o Poetry and Inspiration: Theogony first starts with descriptions of songs and dances of the muses on two mountains. o The song that the muses are singing is about the generations of the gods.
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