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Hesiod’s Theogony: from Near Eastern Creation Myths to Paradise Lost

Stephen Scully


This book both offers a reading of Hesiod’s Theogony and traces the reception and shadows of this authoritative Greek creation story in Greek and Roman texts up to Milton’s Paradise Lost. It also considers the poem in light of Near Eastern creation stories, including the Enûma elish and Genesis, as well as Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents. In this book, Hesiod’s poem is read as a hymn to Zeus and a city-state creation myth, arguing that Olympus is portrayed as an idealized polity and—with but one exception—a place of communal harmony. This reading informs the study of the Theogony’s re ... More

Keywords: epic poetry, Greek mythology, Greek polity, Hesiod, Theogony, Milton, Paradise Lost, reception, Zeus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190253967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Scully, author
Associate Professor, Boston University