Portrait Of The Gods In Hesiod's Theogony

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Mayda Umana Professor Windsor SLS 301 Essay #1 October 30, 2014. STEP 1: Select as many as three related gods/goddesses from Hesiod. Hesiod’s Theogony. Trans. Richard S. Caldwell. Cambridge, MA: Focus, 1987. With some attention to Robert Lamberton’s statement (in Hesiod’s Theogony “theogony and cosmogony are not to be separated’’), discuss how Hesiod constructs a portrait of your selected gods that expresses the natural element/force/concept they represent and/ or preside over. You might begin by asking yourself some simple questions like the following (just for example): How does Hesiod’s portrait of Gaia express the idea of the earth? How does Hesiod portrait of the Muses express the idea of music and poetry? How does…show more content…
Like we discussed in class, these two concepts cannot be separated from each other because, the myths have established that the Cosmos have parts. These parts are represented by the gods. As an example, Gaia is a god but, at the same time she is the earth. Throughout Hesiod’s Theogony we can appreciate these concepts. The details the author provides to portrait each god gives us details of their deity and also the force/element of nature they represent. The gods that I am discussing in my paper are: Gaia, Ouranos, and…show more content…
One of the most famous gods in Greek Literature. The author suggests us that he is respected, and admired by others. An example is when the muses sing about his story and people referred to him as “the father of gods and men’’,[7] and ‘’ how he is the best of gods and greatest in power’’.[8] Zeus had fate in his favor since he was a baby. His grandparents Ouranos and Gaia, especially Gaia tried to protect him from the acts of his father Kronos. “By whose thunder the wide earth is shaken”, [9] we can tell he represents the sky, order ,and also the weather.We know that Zeus is wise but, he gets wiser when he swallowed his first wife Metis. ‘’So the goddess might advise him on good and evil”.[10] Moreover, Zeus is personified as a brave and kind when he frees his brothers and uncles. He received from his uncles “the fiery lightning bolt - and lightning’’. That Zeus will use later. Zeus demonstrated his strength and power in the following wars: The War of the Giants, Conflict with Prometheus, Olympians vs. Titans, and in The Trojan War like we discussed in class. It suggests the readers that he maintains order at the Olympus. On the website Theios, the image ‘’K1.1 ZEUS ‘’,[11] we can appreciate that Zeus his wearing sort of a crown representing him as a king, the lightning bolt as a warrior that maintains order, and the eagle on his shoulder representing

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