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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.


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


(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.


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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Noun1.theogony - the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods
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6) Though many variations of the genealogy of Greek and roman gods exist, in a common version, Eros/Cupid is a primordial god; according to Hesiod's Theogeny, lines 116-22, only Chaos and Gaia are older (West, Hesiod 6).
The girls in the brothel, while reduced to the idea of the female--"the girls towered above us like the goddesses of some forgotten theogeny locked up because they were too holy to be touched" (DH 132), paradoxically demonstrate a lack of femaleness: "when I [Desiderio] examined them more closely, I saw that none of them were any longer, or might ever have been, woman" (132).
They revealed to Hesiod the theogeny or genealogy of the gods.
The fall-semester course extends from ancient times to approximately the Renaissance, and faculty might, for instance, include texts like Gilgamesh, Code of Hammurabi, Theogeny, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Republic, the Apology of Socrates, Antigone, Tao Te Ching, The Analects, The Bhagavad-Gita, The Qur'an, Hebrew Bible, Popol Vuh, The Divine Comedy, Beowulf, Don Quixote, The Prince, and material from authors like Sappho, Lucretius, Augustine, Aquinas, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, Montaigne, Shakespeare, and Milton.