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* BigBad: Three of them in quick succession, during the Theogony's CreationMyth:
** Ouranos during the Cosmogony, being the EvilOverlord ruling over the universe and imprisoning the children he hates.
** Kronos during the Titanomachy, first swallowing all his children so they don't overthrow him, then leading the Titans to keep a hold on his status as ruler of the world.
** Typhon, he who spawned all of the worst monsters and ended up breezing up to Olympus in the hopes of overthrowing Zeus.


* BornAsAnAdult Athena and Aphrodite were both born fully formed and were never children. It's implied that this was also the case with the Erinyes, the Meliae and the Giants.

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* BornAsAnAdult BornAsAnAdult: Athena and Aphrodite were both born fully formed and were never children. It's implied that this was also the case with the Erinyes, the Meliae and the Giants.


* BornAsAnAdult Athena and Aphrodite were both born fully formed and were never children. It's implied that this was also the case with the Erinyes, the Meliae and the Giants.



* SpontaneousGeneration: [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Erinyes]], [[PlantPerson Meliae]], [[GiantMook Giants]], and [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] were born from Earth impregnated by the [[PhysicalGod cut-off genitals]] of her son and husband, Heaven, who was castrated by the son whom he himself had begotten on Earth.

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* SpontaneousGeneration: The [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Erinyes]], [[PlantPerson Meliae]], Meliae]] and [[GiantMook Giants]], and [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] Giants]] were born from Earth impregnated by the [[PhysicalGod cut-off genitals]] of her son and husband, Heaven, who was castrated by the son whom he himself had begotten on Earth.Earth. Meanwhile, [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] emerges fully formed without a mother after said genitals fall into the sea.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Metis' son (the one meant to overthrow Zeus) never makes an appearance after Athena's birth. While avoiding being overthrown was kind of the point of Zeus swallowing Metis, the fact that Athena could be born at all kind of implies that it's still possible for her brother to get out too.


** with Echidna produced the monsters: Orthrus, Cerberus, Hydra, Chimera, Sphinx, Nemean Lion

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** with Echidna produced the monsters: Orthrus, Cerberus, Hydra, Chimera
*** With
Chimera, Sphinx, Orthrus produced: Nemean Lion
Lion, Sphinx



* BrotherSisterIncest: Most notably, Zeus with Hera, but also Zeus with Demeter, Erebus with Nyx, Phorkys with Keto, and four Titans (Cronos, Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus) with four Titanesses (Rhea, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe).

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Most notably, Zeus with Hera, but also Zeus with Demeter, Erebus with Nyx, Phorkys with Keto, and four Titans (Cronos, Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus) with four Titanesses (Rhea, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe).Phoebe) and even a pair of monsters, Orthrus and Chimera.

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* AmbiguousGender: Chaos, being an [[EldritchAbomination embodiment of primordial nothingness]], is likely a case of NoBiologicalSex.


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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After [[TrulySingleParent spontaneously creating]] Gaia, Tartarus, Eros, Erebos and Nyx, Chaos just seems to disappear from the story and is never heard from again.

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* OneWordTitle: "''Theogony''" means "The Origin of Gods", and it is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.


---> with mortal Alcmene produced: Heracles


---> with mortal Alcmene produced: '''Heracles'''

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---> with mortal Alcmene produced: '''Heracles'''Heracles



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-->''é toi men prótista Cháos génet'...''[[note]]Verily, at the beginning, Chaos came to be...[[/note]]


As the Muses taught 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'').

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As the Muses taught 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' "''Theogony''" means 'The "The Origin of Gods', 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'').



!! ''Theogony'' exemplifies:

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!! ''Theogony'' exemplifies:
provides examples of:


* ApronMatron: Gaia. She even gave birth to one of her children ([[MixAndMatchCritter Typhoeus]]) only to revenge the previous ones on their father, who thrusted them down into Tartarus. Tartarus himself was the father of Typhoeus, which makes it even more weird.

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* ApronMatron: Gaia. She even gave birth to one of her children ([[MixAndMatchCritter Typhoeus]]) only to revenge the previous ones on their father, who thrusted thrust them down into Tartarus. Tartarus himself was the father of Typhoeus, which makes it even more weird.



* GenderRarityValue: There is much more females than males in the text - mainly because of the [[OneGenderRace water nymphs and wood nymphs]], but the tendency to group goddesses and even monsters into [[SameSexTriplets sets of three]] is also a relevant factor.

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* GenderRarityValue: There is much are many more females than males in the text - mainly because of the [[OneGenderRace water nymphs and wood nymphs]], but the tendency to group goddesses and even monsters into [[SameSexTriplets sets of three]] is also a relevant factor.



* OneSteveLimit: There a couple of aversions in the text.
** There are two Thalia both daughters of Zeus: one of the Muses and one of the Charites.

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* OneSteveLimit: There are a couple of aversions in the text.
** There are two Thalia Thalia, both daughters of Zeus: one of the Muses and one of the Charites.



* ParentalIncest: Gaia and Ouranos, initiating the whole divine dynasty which shaped the imagination of the people who were the cradle of our civilization. 'Nuff said.

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* ParentalIncest: Gaia and Ouranos, initiating the whole divine dynasty which shaped the imagination of the people who were the cradle of our Western civilization. 'Nuff said.said.
* PaterFamilicide: Cronos swallowed alive as many as five of his children.



* PaterFamilicide: Cronos swallowed alive as many as five of his children.


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'').


* 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.


---> '''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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* %%* TangledFamilyTree: And how.

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