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Wednesday September 12, 2012

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Laura Jane Wey

Wednesday September 12, 2012 In The Beginning Order of creation: Chaos (dark and formless void) -> heavens and earth Night (goddess) and brother Erebus, the Depth ->Eros (most powerful god, god of love) -is just one version, also supposed to be Aphrodite's son -note: Eros is a dark, earthy force that pre-dated the gods Gaia (Earth-mother) and Uranus (Sky-father/starry sky), Uranus is considered to be Gaia's son -brought together by Eros to create "first births of time" -3 hundred-handed sons who were huge and "terrifying to look upon," thus were hidden under the earth -3 Cyclopes who were less scary (smaller) than the first 3 sons, but whom were master smiths. Were also buried by their father in the earth -note: Gaia is the earth, thus locking the children in their mother -12 titans (6 boys/girls)"endowed with beauty and majesty" -weary of her husband's cruelty, Gaia appealed her sons to scare him away with "a sharp sickle of adamant, the hardest of stones." Only Cronus, the youngest and bravest dared to do so and managed to maim his father, "severing the embrace between of Sky and Earth." He then took , is father's place as ruler of the entire worlds but did not free his buried brothers. The 6 brothers married the 6 sisters Cronus = Rhea -produce most famous batch of Greek gods: Hestia (v), Poseidon, Demeter, Hades, Hera, Zeus -because afraid that what happened to his father could happen to him, he swallows his children -Rhea takes youngest baby, Zeus, and replaces him with a stone in swaddling cloth Zeus gives his father a powerful herb that makes him omit out his siblings -starts a war between the titans and the younger generation of gods Participants in the war between titans and the Olympian gods -gods Zeus has no knowledge of his family history and needs to be informed by Prometheus about the hundred-handed and Cyclopes -titans -Gaia ("let him who would conquer in the war first set free those imprisoned in Tartarus") -referring to her children who have not been freed -Cyclopes -hundred-handed Geographic Layout of the Universe, According to Greek Mythology Air and sky - Zeus Mount Olympus - co-ruled by Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades Earth (dry land) - co-ruled by Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades Sea (Mediterranean) -Poseidon. Does not include "stream that girdles the earth," which is ruled by Oceanus
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