C C 303 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Castration, Anthropomorphism, Mother Goddess

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Hesiod’s Theogony
Titanomachy (621-725)
“Divine one, … we already realized that you thoughts are supreme, your mind
surpassing”
Zeus analogous to king, rules the heavens and sea and earth
See him as a supreme, or recognition as leader
King is important for battle, lead their troops
People rally around king, “our land is protected”
Hundred-handers helped them
Long drawn out war
Gaia told him to ask for help from them
Shows wisdom, ability to negotiate
Get help from people who were enemies
Allow people think he is a good leader and ruler
Tartaros (726-825)
There dark Earth and misty Tartaros and the barren Sea and starry Sky all have their
sources and limits in a row, grim, and dank, which even the gods abhor
Hades is not in here, above it
It is a form of deathless prison
Ability to separate enemies
Warning to not turn away from the king
Typhoios (826-885)
“Typhoios would have ruled over Immortals and men, had the father of both had been
quick to notice”
From Gaia (earth)
Super powerful
Gods fear him
Olympians does not face him, hides
Zeus goes to battle with him
Brave and courageous, did not use army
Legitimize him as a king
Beats monster that everyone fears by himself
Why Zeus should be ruling”
Zeus’ Wives and Progeny (866-969)
Metis ‘counsel’ (Athena)
Swallowed her because she would born a son that overtake him
Succession theme
Fate overturned (rare occurrence)
Shows that he stops succession, stops fate
Outstanding to somehow beat fate
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