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Lecture 3 Hesiod’s Theogony Hesiod’s Theogony “Theogony” is from the Greek theogonia Theos “god” + gone “birth” or “generation” Homer came about at the end of the archaic period Hesiod was born in Ascra o Not fond of his hometown o Complains about the small farm town o Not on great terms with brother – due to father’s inheritance (brother spend money) o At beginning of Hesiod’s poem, he talks about his own encounters with muses (verses 1-35) o Muses live on Mt. Helicon They first insult him – he then has an epiphany Muses give Hesiod the contents of the poem; thus Hesiod is claiming that he has written through divine  revelation (lines 114-115) Muses are daughters of Mnemosyne or “memory” – thus muses are goddesses of memory Poetry is learned and performed by heart, making memory crucial Sometimes there are 9 muses and sometimes only 1 talking to Hesiod
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course CLASSICS 40 taught by Professor Erickson during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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