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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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Such would seem to be the necessary consequence of the apparent progress of Milesian philosophy's demythologization of prephilosophical theogonies like Hesiod's.
The Orphic thread is maintained in the following article, by Marta Otlewska-Jung, who compares the hymnic sections of the Dionysiaca to the Orphic Hymns, suggesting Nonnus' knowledge of this (or a very similar) collection, and goes on to examine first the myth of Zagreus under the light of Orphic theogonies and then the appearances Orpheus himself makes in the Dionysiaca.
Martin West identifies the original meaning of Zeus' epithet as 'riding on a goat', and relates this epithet to the tradition of Zeus riding a goat up to the heavens, found in a fragment of the Orphic theogonies (Orphica fr.
1985) "Les theogonies orphiques et le Papyrus de Derveni", en Revue de l'histoire des religions: 202.
37) Moreover, we know that the story of the Curetes and the concealment of the infant Zeus on Crete (an obviously theogonic story apparently unknown to Hesiod) was an important part of the Orphic theogonies, appearing in many of the various versions of the Orphic myth.
In "the tales of beginnings, the cosmogonies, theogonies and legends of superhuman beings who brought things into existence and founded institutions" that make up mythologies world-wide is found "the very truth of myth, an absolute truth because a truth of faith, and truth of faith because a truth of life" (101, 107).
They narrate critical moments in the evolution of the Olympian order, she says, and thus fill the gap between the theogonies and epics.