Its attitude is summed up in the words of the Muses to the writer of the "Theogony": `We can tell many a feigned tale to look like truth, but we can, when we will, utter the truth' ("Theogony"
While, therefore, an epic like the "Odyssey" is an organism and dramatic in structure, a work such as the "Theogony" is a merely artificial collocation of facts, and, at best, a pageant.
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.
[16.] Mavropoulos, Theodoros (2005), Hesiod: Theogony
, Works and Days, Shield of Heracles--Apollonius of Rhodes: Argonautica, Thessaloniki: Zitros (in Greek).
The earliest known record about the myth of Medusa and the Gorgons can be found in Hesiod's Theogony
. According to this ancient author, the three sisters, Sthenno, Euryale and Medusa were the children of Phorcys and Ceto, and lived "beyond famed Oceanus at the world's edge hard by Night".
(25) After all, as early as Hesiod's Theogony
(750-650 BCE) we learn that Semele becomes a goddess.
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(150) are a striking parallel to ancient Near Eastern concepts and are possibly inspired by them.
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.
In the original text Theogony
by Hesiod (the Greek poet in the period between 750 and 650 BC, writing a century after Homer), Metis was the first wife of Zeus before he became the king of all gods.