Monday, March 13, 2006

Getting into myth: Read Hesiod's Theogony

For those of you interested in starting to read more classical mythology, a good place to begin is Hesiod's Theogony. You can find it here but I suggest finding a printed copy. It's cool that alot of the things we've been reading are open license and free, but I never did like reading from a screen and books are still more portable. The edition I have is translated and introduced by Norman O. Brown, put out by the Library of Liberal Arts (isbn: 0-02-315310-5). This book is short! The introduction by Brown is longer than the actual text (50 pages out of 87). The Theogony is great though because it gives the creation accounts for the Greek pantheon, roughly naming each major figure and many minor ones (a handful of nymphs in there), their genealogies, and a condensed telling of the Titanomachy. It's a good reference if you want to know who relates to who and how quickly. So yeah, books are good.


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