Greek Creation Essay

978 Words4 Pages
As long as human have inhabited the earth, the quest to explain its origins has been foremost on their minds. The Greeks were by no means any different. There are several variations of the Greek creation myth, but the most predominant version comes from the poet Hesiod and his Theogony, which details the history and genealogy of the gods. Here is a short snyopis of his account (his actual account is quite long so here is the story cut down to size).In Theogony the Void or Chaos existed before anything else. Then came Earth (Gaia) and Eros (god of love or desire). Out of the Void or Chaos came Darkness (Erebus) and Night (Nyx); from Night, Light and Day. Earth produced the Sky (Uranus) to cover herself. Then, by coupling they produced an enormous brood, including Oceanus (Ocean), Themis (Law), Mnemosyne (Memory), Phoebe, Cronus, the Cyclopes/Cyclops (producers of Zeus' thunderbolt) and the 50-headed monsters, Cottus, Briareus, and Gyes (the Hecatoncheires). Not a very natural parent, Uranus took pleasure in preventing any of his children from seeing the light of day. He insisted that Gaia (Mother Earth) keep them locked up. Growing within the depths of Earth, the children of Uranus and Gaia caused great physical and emotional pain for Gaia. Eventually she could take it no longer and so she created a new metal. From the metal, Gaia fashioned a sickle, which she gave to her boldest offspring, the Cronus .The next time Uranus came to make love to Gaia, which he did by stretching out all over the Earth, Cronus sprang up from his hiding place, brandished his sickle, and castrated father Uranus. Additional offspring sprang from the spilled blood and organ of Uranus who were Giants, Erinyes , Meliae - and Aphrodite, who was born from the foam which came from his organ .Great Father Sky called his children the Titans because of his feud with them; he said that they
Open Document