from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An account of the origin and genealogy of the gods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The origination of gods or a narrative describing the origin of gods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The generation or genealogy of the gods; that branch of heathen theology which deals with the origin and descent of the deities; also, a poem treating of such genealogies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of non-Christian theology which teaches the genealogy or origin of the deities; in a particular sense, one of a class of poems which treat of the generation and descent of the gods: as, the ancient Greek theogony of Hesiod.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods


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  • Now 'theogony' means 'origin of the divine'; and I use the associated adjective because the Pseudo-Dionysius thought of creation as destined to be 'divinized' through our theosis: a gift from the Father given through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • I cannot recall the exact source offhand, Sumer I think but compound imagery was the mode of explaining cosmogenesis and theogony in pre-literate and pari-literate times and we find the residue of similar explicatory "myths" in subsequent sets of icons such as Anahita, whose personification of a complete cornucopia is evident in her titulary associations with "water" and all living things.

    Disagreement Behind the Scenes

  • The Phœnicians had been long a powerful people, having a theogony of their own, before the Hebrews became possessed of a few cantons of land near their territory.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Each divine figure that arises is connected with a part of the physical universe, so his theogony is also a cosmogony (an account of the generation of the world).

    Presocratic Philosophy

  • Homer I suppose were four hundred years before my time and not more, and these are they who made a theogony for the Hellenes and gave the titles to the gods and distributed to them honours and arts, and set forth their forms: but the poets who are said to have been before these men were really in my opinion after them.

    The History of Herodotus

  • Oriental theogony, a whole cluster of faces, crowded together but on different surfaces so that one does not see them all at once.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • But since, next to Homer, Hesiod wrote his Works and Days, who will believe his drivelling theogony?

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • It will do your cause no good to say so to men who know the poets; for they know how very ridiculous a theogony they have composed, -- as we can learn from Homer, your most distinguished and prince of poets.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • Courting Tory disapproval, she has connected her afterlife with the theogony of the skeptic poets.

    Hemans, Heber, and _Superstition and Revelation_

  • In Hemans's syncretism, these figures are both the immortal dead (in The Skeptic's "worlds of light,/Where severed souls, made perfect, reunite," 149) and the demigods of a Shelleyan theogony.

    Hemans, Heber, and _Superstition and Revelation_


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