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Theogony: Plot Summary
Theogony: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Theogony: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Hesiod
Historical Context of Theogony
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- Full Title: Theogony
- When Written: c. 700 B.C.
- Where Written: Boeotia
- When Published: N/A
- Literary Period: Archaic Greece
- Genre: Epic Poetry
- Setting: Greece
- Climax: Zeus wins in the battle against the Titans.
- Antagonist: Heaven, Kronos
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for Theogony
Divine Intervention. Hesiod claimed that he began writing poetry after encouragement from the Muses, goddesses representing the creative arts, when they visited him as he tended sheep as a young man.
Influence. The mythology detailed in the Theogony is thought to have had near-eastern influences, most notably Babylonian and Hittite.