I recently read Hesiod’s Theogony. It was surprisingly enjoyable. I say this because I typically find it challenging to engage with mythologies, especially the Greek one. Mythologies aren’t ever consistent and most sources don’t provide a complete picture. They provide tid-bits of information that conflict with other sources and assume that you already have a prior understanding of all previous contextual information. The Theogony, on the other hand, provides a complete outline of all the Greek deities and their genealogies. On top of that, as the Gods are personifications of different parts of our world, this poem also provides an historic insight into Greek culture and how they characterised the universe around them at the time. Super Cool!
There was one problem. Being a relatively short poem, I was bombarded with large chunks of information very quickly. Far too much to diagrammatically process in my head. Other family trees online often aren’t complete or are very messy. Naturally, I took it upon myself to make a definitive family tree.
So without further ado, I present to you, my run-through of Hesiod’s account of the Greek God Family tree. I hope you enjoy it.
Hesiod’s Theogony – The Greek God Family Tree (partially) Animated
The Greek God Family Tree
Unfortunately you’re going to have to turn your head 90 degrees if you hope to get a proper view of it. I did my best.
If you’d like to edit it yourself, I’ve also attached an SVG file:
August 18th, 2020 | by Zaffron Steam