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Theogony
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“Theogony” (Gk. theogonia, “birth of the gods”), the title of an epic poem by Hesiod (ca. 700 b.c.), refers to the origin of the gods. Many of the almost 300 gods whose names and qualities Hesiod gives in this work make up the world, so that a theogony is also a cosmogony. When the world is constituted, it is ruled by the great gods (Uranus, Cronus, Zeus). Hesiod makes use here of the concept that northern Syria and Asia Minor employed: a succession of gods instead of a genealogical list or an anthropomorphizin…

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Colpe, Carsten, “Theogony”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.31>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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