History Literature / Theogony

8th Jun '16 10:59:08 AM Morgenthaler
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As the Muses taught {{Hesiod}}, in the beginning there was Chaos - and indeed, this is one of the [[WorldOfChaos most chaotic]] texts in the world's literary canon. Written most probably circa 700 BCE in classical epic dactylic hexameter, it is mainly a genealogical treatise with not a few elements of theological gossip about which god slept with whom and who was born as a result. 'Theogony' means 'The Origin of Gods', and it is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Presenting the whole divine family on one genealogical tree is [[http://www.theoi.com/TreeHesiod.html almost]] impossible, but the Greeks apparently had little problems with memorizing all the details, as numerous stories from Greek mythology are perfectly consistent with the version of events described in ''Theogony'' (though, to complicate things even more, there is also a rival version written by Pseudo-Apollodorus, known as ''The Library'').

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As the Muses taught {{Hesiod}}, Creator/{{Hesiod}}, in the beginning there was Chaos - and indeed, this is one of the [[WorldOfChaos most chaotic]] texts in the world's literary canon. Written most probably circa 700 BCE in classical epic dactylic hexameter, it is mainly a genealogical treatise with not a few elements of theological gossip about which god slept with whom and who was born as a result. 'Theogony' means 'The Origin of Gods', and it is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Presenting the whole divine family on one genealogical tree is [[http://www.theoi.com/TreeHesiod.html almost]] impossible, but the Greeks apparently had little problems with memorizing all the details, as numerous stories from Greek mythology are perfectly consistent with the version of events described in ''Theogony'' (though, to complicate things even more, there is also a rival version written by Pseudo-Apollodorus, known as ''The Library'').
6th May '16 7:45:47 AM Silverblade2
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* MultipleChoicePast: The Theogony contradict itself on some occasions (possibly because of textual corruption). Are the Moiria the daughters of Nyx alone or of Zeus and Themis? Is Athena the daughter of Zeus and Metis or is she born to Zeus without mother?

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* MultipleChoicePast: The Theogony contradict contradicts itself on some occasions (possibly because of textual corruption). Are the Moiria the daughters of Nyx alone or of Zeus and Themis? Is Athena the daughter of Zeus and Metis or is she born to Zeus without mother?



* OneSteveLimit:

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* OneSteveLimit:OneSteveLimit: There a couple of aversions in the text.
30th Apr '16 4:22:56 AM Silverblade2
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---> '''Hephaestus'''

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---> produced parthenogenetically: '''Hephaestus'''



---> with Nereid Amphitrite: Trito

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---> with Nereid Amphitrite: TritoTriton
---> with mortal Medusa: Chrysaor and Pegasus.



*** with an Oceanid nymph produces: the Nereid nymphs

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*** with an Oceanid nymph Doris produces: the Nereid nymphs



*** with an Oceanid nymph produces: Iris (Rainbow) and two Harpies

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*** with an Oceanid nymph Electra produces: Iris (Rainbow) and two Harpies



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.

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* %%* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.



* MultipleChoicePast: The Theogony contradict itself on some occasions (possibly because of textual corruption). Are the Moiria the daughters of Nyx or of Zeus and Themis? Is Athena the daughter of Zeus and Metis or is she born to Zeus without mother?

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* MultipleChoicePast: The Theogony contradict itself on some occasions (possibly because of textual corruption). Are the Moiria the daughters of Nyx alone or of Zeus and Themis? Is Athena the daughter of Zeus and Metis or is she born to Zeus without mother?



* OneSteveLimit:
** There are two Thalia both daughters of Zeus: one of the Muses and one of the Charites.
** There are two Doris: one of the Oceanid and wife of Nereus and one of the Nereid and daughter of the first.
** There are two Urania: one of the Muses and and one of the Oceanid.
** Titaness Thetys and Nereid Thetis (better known as Achilles' mother) have similar names.



* SealedCastInAMultipack: OlderThanFeudalism: The myth of PandorasBox.



* TangledFamilyTree: And how.

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30th Apr '16 4:03:13 AM Silverblade2
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---> '''Hephaestus'''



---> with Nereid Amphitrite: Trito



---> with Oceanid Metis produced '''Athena'''

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---> with Oceanid Metis produced produced: '''Athena'''



---> with Oceanid Eurynome: Charites (Graces): Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia



---> with his sister Hera produced: Hebe, '''Ares''', Enyo, '''Hephaestus''', and Eileithyia
---> with a Pleiad nymph produced: '''Hermes'''

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---> with his sister Hera produced: Hebe, '''Ares''', Enyo, '''Hephaestus''', and Eileithyia
---> with a Pleiad nymph Maia produced: '''Hermes'''
19th Mar '16 1:46:28 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: There are three Moirai or goddesses of fate: Clotho ("spinner") spins the thread of life at the birth of a human being, Lachesis ("allotter") measures it, and Atropos ("inevitable"), also called Aisa ("destiny"), cuts it when life is at its end. The notion of three Moirai was codified by ''Theogony''; in traditions predating Creator/{{Hesiod}} there are two Moirai or only one Moira.
1st Jan '16 5:33:44 PM jormis29
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* SealedCastInAMultipack: OlderThanFeudalism: The myth of Pandora's Box.

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* SealedCastInAMultipack: OlderThanFeudalism: The myth of Pandora's Box.PandorasBox.
11th Aug '15 1:03:51 PM Silverblade2
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* MultipleChoicePast: The Theogony contradict itself on some occasions (possibly because of textual corruption). Are the Moiria the daughters of Nyx or of Zeus and Themis? Is Athena the daughter of Zeus and Metis or is she born to Zeus without mother?



* [[PaterFamilicide Pater Familiphagia]]: Cronos swallowed alive as many as five of his children.

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* [[PaterFamilicide Pater Familiphagia]]: PaterFamilicide: Cronos swallowed alive as many as five of his children.
19th Jul '15 6:28:14 PM Fireblood
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To cut a long story short, in the beginning there was not only Chaos but also Gaia (Mother Earth), Tartarus (Ineffably Deep Abyss), and Eros (who in those times resembled rather Will To Procreate than Romantic Love). Then, Gaia gave birth, among other creatures, to Ouranos (Heaven) and Pontus (Sea), both of whom later [[ParentalIncest fathered on her]] many children. This strange family had three main branches:

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To cut a long story short, in the beginning there was not only Chaos but also Gaia (Mother Earth), Tartarus (Ineffably Deep Abyss), and Eros (who in those times resembled rather Will To Procreate than Romantic Love). Then, Gaia gave birth, among other creatures, to Ouranos (Heaven) and Pontus (Sea), both of whom later [[ParentalIncest fathered on her]] many children.children with her]]. This strange family had three main branches:



* AlmightyJanitor: Tartarus. Apparently powerful enough to hold the titans, cyclopes, and hekatoncheires prisoner for eternity, the only thing he ever actually does is sleep with Gaia to father Typhon. Even then, it's Gaia who sets Typhon on Zeus, not Tartarus. Tartarus is apparently content to sit back and enjoy his role as jailor/jail for the gods.

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* AlmightyJanitor: Tartarus. Apparently powerful enough to hold the titans, cyclopes, and hekatoncheires prisoner for eternity, the only thing he ever actually does is sleep with Gaia to father Typhon. Even then, it's Gaia who sets Typhon on Zeus, not Tartarus. Tartarus is apparently content to sit back and enjoy his role as jailor/jail jailer/jail for the gods.



* DoubleInLawMarriage: as hard as it is to believe it, combined with BrotherSisterIncest.

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* DoubleInLawMarriage: as As hard as it is to believe it, combined with BrotherSisterIncest.



* OffingTheOffspring: The only possible justification for Cronos' actions is that he really hadn't a good paternal example to follow.

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* OffingTheOffspring: The only possible justification for Cronos' actions is that he really hadn't didn't have a good paternal example to follow.



* RuleOfThree: The story mentions three cases of dethronement of the father by his son, the last of which was prophesied sufficiently early to avert it by swallowing the pregnant mother of a dangerous child. When the child was eventually [[MisterSeahorse given birth by the father]], it inexplicably turned out to be a girl, and [[DaddysGirl not a one]] particularly inclined to commit patricide.

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* RuleOfThree: The story mentions three cases of dethronement of the father by his son, the last of which was prophesied sufficiently early to avert it by swallowing the pregnant mother of a dangerous child. When the child was eventually [[MisterSeahorse given birth to by the father]], it inexplicably turned out to be a girl, and [[DaddysGirl not a one]] particularly inclined to commit patricide.
13th Feb '15 2:06:05 PM Menshevik
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* InTheBlood: The tradition of killing one's father before seizing the rule over the world was very prominent in the family of Zeus. Also, the children of Phorkys and Keto were all monsters, whereas water was more than essential for all the descendants of Oceanus and Tethys.

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* InTheBlood: The tradition of killing [[strike:killing]] incapacitating one's father before seizing the rule over the world was very prominent in the family of Zeus. Also, the children of Phorkys and Keto were all monsters, whereas water was more than essential for all the descendants of Oceanus and Tethys.
13th Feb '15 2:04:08 PM Menshevik
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* EpicCatalog: ''Theogony'' comes close to being nothing but this trope, but the straightest examples would be the lists of the lovers of Zeus and the male gods their children (lines 886-964) and of the mortal lovers of goddesses and their children (965-1022).
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