Theogony and Works and Days Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

* Theogony

* Hesiod claims he learned his stories from the Muses.

* Hesiod explains the conception of the Muses. Zeus and Mnemosyne sleep together for nine nights and she conceives and bares nine daughters.

* Calliope is the most important of the Muses because she feeds dew to heaven-chosen princes.

* Singers on earth are a gift from Apollo and the Muses.

* Princes are the gifts of Zeus.

* Hesiod asks the Muses to tell how the Gods were created.

* Chaos comes first, then Earth, then Eros.

* Earth bares the Cyclopes who later give Zeus thunder.

* Heaven hates three of her sons and hides them in a secret place on Earth.

* Cronos comes to Earth's aid and helps murder Heaven.

* Cronos casts the members into the sea and a foam appears. Out of the foam, Aphrodite is formed.

* Medusa is born a mortal. She is killed when Perseus cuts her head off...

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