Classical Mythology, Day 2

This class presents an overview of Greek creation myth, focusing in particular on the story as told by Hesiod’s Theogony. By comparing the Theogony and its amalgamation of cosmogony (“creation of the universe”) and theogony (creation of the gods), we can see how this particular narrative uses biological reproduction as the dominant creative metaphor. In addition, comparisons to the creation narratives from the biblical Genesis and Ovid’s Metamorphoses help us isolate particular details of Greek culture from the perspective of its cosmogonic narrative.


Ancient Authors Discussed

Hesiod, Archaic Period

Ovid, Roman Imperial Period


Links to Blogposts

An Alternative Cosmogony from Euripides

The Etymology of Kerberos

Correspondence and Coherence, a Cognitive Approach to Lies


Some Suggested Course Texts

Hesiod’s Theogony

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Genesis, 1-2



Other Articles

Creation stories from around the world


Student Suggested Links


Image result for ancient greek cosmogony

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s