The “Kingship in Heaven”-Theme of the Hesiodic Theogony: Origin, Function, Composition

Erik van Dongen

Abstract


The closest and most numerous parallels to Hesiod’s account of the succession of ruler gods are found in the Hurro-Hittite Song of Going Forth, while the differences show that the Greek version was shaped to illustrate the superiority of Zeus over his predecessors.


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