Week 2: Myth and Religion:

 

Hesiod, Theogony; Homeric Hymn 2 (to Demeter); Homeric Hymn 3, lines 1-178 (to Delian Apollo)

 

 

Theogony study questions:

 

1. Speaking most broadly, what do the gods in general do in the Theogony?

2. What different kinds of gods are there in the poem?

3. Why do you think people would want to listen to this poem? What did they get out of it?

4. Why do you think Hesiod created this poem?

5. What do you imagine were the occasion and the circumstances under which this poem was first performed?

 

 

Homeric Hymns study questions:

 

1. What do you imagine were the occasions and the circumstances under which these poems were first performed?

2. Why do you think people would want to listen to these poems? What did they get out of them?

 

 

A more general question:

 

1. What makes each of these readings literature?