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

 

 

Other Articles

Creation stories from around the world

 

Student Suggested Links

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