Cecily Manson Humanities and Social Science
Who Would Rule Over Immortal Gods and Men: The Preservation of Cosmic Order in Hesiods Theogony
Within pantheistic ideology there is a clear, central conflict: the birth of a new deity poses a threat to the existing cosmic order. This complication will be my focus this summer as I perform close analyses of the Archaic Greek poems that have since provided the canonical representations of the Olympian pantheon: Hesiods Theogony and the Homeric Hymns. A specific episode in the Theogony known as the Typhonomachy will be my launch point for examining in greater depth female deities in their maternal role, and the way in which their ability to give birth to and train a new god influences the divine political structure.