The Role of Gaia Pelore in Hesiod's Theogony

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2023

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Hollinger, Alan

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Gaia Pelore plays a crucial role in shaping the order of the cosmos and is described by a unique epithet: pelore. Though defined as 'monstrous,' this epithet is often translated as 'big' or 'vast' and is regarded by some scholars as a mere formula. Chapter 1 shows how Gaia Pelore is a marked epithet and has a significant role in each Succession by engaging in a close reading of the three Successions in the Theogony. Chapter 2 explores the relationship between Gaia Pelore and metis by analyzing the uses of her cunning intelligence. Chapter 3 explores the relationship between Gaia Pelore and gender by analyzing the gender dynamics in the Theogony. Chapter 4 explores the relationship between Gaia Pelore and monstrosity by comparing her to other monsters in Archaic Greek literature, particularly those with the epithet peloros.

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Literary Criticism, Word Study

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