CLAS104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Theogony, Lightning, Genesis Creation Narrative

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Golden age: peopled lived at leisure and with carefree hearts since the grounds were so fertile. Cronos is ruling (though he wasn"t a positive figure - cut off his father"s penis + swallowed his children), but he ruled the golden. Mortals were not respectful of the gods this race was destroyed (since gods thought that if they were disrespectful, what was the point of having them around?) Hesiod emphasized that each race was completely different from. Zeus was the one who created these mortals. Greek aristocrats claimed that they were descendants of the heroes (direct connection of heroes to present day) heroes were valiant in war and more just, a godlike race . Hesiod"s spoke of two groups of heroes: first died in battle second lived eternally under cronos" rule in the islands of the blessed (kind of like the golden age) Pandora: important to hesiod because he spoke about this in the theogony as well.

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