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n. pl. the·og·o·nies
An account of the origin and genealogy of the gods.

the′o·gon′ic (-ə-gŏn′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -nies
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the origin and descent of the gods
2. (Poetry) an account of this, often recited in epic poetry
[C17: from Greek theogonia; see theo-, -gony]
theogonic adj
theˈogonist n
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(θiˈɒg ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
an account of the origin of a god, goddess, or divine pantheon.
[1605–15; < Greek theogonía. See theo-, -gony]
the`o•gon′ic (-əˈgɒn ɪk) adj.
the•og′o•nist, n.
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1. the origin of the gods.
2. a genealogical account of the origin of the gods. — theogonist, n.
See also: God and Gods
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Antonio, Toby Dammit, and Roma; and the connection between City of Women and the recently found treatment of a never-realized television series based on Hesiod's Theogony (L'Olimpo) and The Voice of the Moon.
For example, the Moerae (Fates) receive two different pedigrees in Hesiod's Theogony, initially presented as the parthenogenetic offspring of the primeval goddess Nyx (211-225), and later reintroduced as daughters of Zeus, born of the Titan goddess Themis (901-906).
These passages resemble not only each other, but also the myth of Pandora's creation, as we know it from Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days.
(17) As far back as Hesiod's Theogony and Plato's Timaeus, notions had been explored of what these shaping processes may have been and that the act of Creation must have been guided by some overriding super-geometric principle.
Except for the Enuma Elish and maybe Hesiod's Theogony, Genesis was the least appealing of the books on the syllabus, but its tales and characters have fairytale status in the western world, even where not part of the catechism, and it is a good place to intrude upon a text and attempt variations.
His verse translations include the Collected Poems of Stephane Mallarme (University of California Press, 1994), and, with Catherine Schlegel, Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days (University of Michigan Press, 2006).
Walcott, "The Text of Hesiod's Theogony and the Hittite Epic of Kumarbi," Classical Quarterly NS 6 (1956): 202; Baumgarten, The Phoenician History of Philo.
If Eros is supposed to symbolize the life instinct (as in Freudian theory), it is significant that Hesiod's Theogony associates his birth with that of "dim Tartarus," in other words, the realm of death.
among others Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days, Homer's Iliad, Aesop's Fables, Pseudo-Apollodorus's Bibliotheca.
The mythological material unfolds like Hesiod's Theogony and the Book of Matthew, moving in direct descent from progenitor to progeny, with occasional detours along the way.
The Herakles myths, imbued with divine jealousy and heroic madness dramatize the cultural logic encoded in Hesiod's Theogony. The disfiguring metamorphoses of battle, depicted in the Iliad, also were prompted by Aphrodite whose singular allure, mixing "pleasures and penalties" enchants Paris into his "fatal error" in "the audience in the shepherd's hut," the "hateful contest of beauty" (Iliad xxiv; Iph.
It is important to reject these grandiose claims; Das Rheingold is not a cosmogony, although Foster, misled by Wagner, thinks it is, and draws an analogy with Hesiod's Theogony (88).