How did the gods come to be: won a poetic competition and that"s how it became popular. Theogony birth of gods: cosmogony birth of world, succession myth one generation of gods proceeds another (usually overthrown, proem invocation to the muses who are giving hesiod divine inspiration. First author to question truth of writings. Says that muses can lie: compares kings to singers because both are protected by zeus. Kings inspired by zeus (king of gods) just: first generation of gods. Eros love so that more creation can happen. Uranus and gaia marry and have kids but uranus is concerned that they will take over so uranus prevents her from giving birth by continuously having sex with her. Kranos cuts off uranus" genitals and throws them down to earth: second generation of gods. Titans all of gaia and uranus" kids. Kranos has same concerns as uranus so he swallows his children but zeus is raised in secret: third generation of gods.