Theogony is a poetic work by the ancient greek poet and scholar Hesiod describing the origins and genealogies of the Greek gods. It is written in the Epic dialect of Ancient Greece. This composition was done by Hesiod during the year 700 BC (about 2720 years ago). As per the contents of this great composition, there are many characters and every character appears important and has got a purpose in this poetic sketch. Before giving my choice as who is the most favourite it would be better to go in slight details as who are these characters and what was their place in this great poetic work of that time.
In the beginning of the book, Hesiod calls upon the nine sisters called as Muses for getting inspiration to write his work. It was believed that the Muses who live on Mount Helicon had power to motivate the artists and poets for attempting their work with ease and comfort. The interesting part is that each of these nine sisters was responsible for some art form and name wise they were - Calliope for the epic poetry; Clio for the history; Euterpe for the music, song, and lyric poetry; Erato for love poetry; Melpomene for the tragedy; Polyhymnia for the hymns; Terpsichore for the dance; Thalia for the comedy; and Urania for the astronomy.
The next character is Gaia which means Earth. Gaia was the first Goddess who came out of nothingness and she gave virgin birth to the mountains, the sea, and mountain nymphs. After the birth of Gaia, Eros, the primordial god of love and desire was also born which later became personified as Cupid. Then, Gaia gave birth to Uranus who was the last virgin production by Gaia and thereafter they became a couple and gave birth to Cyclopes, hecatoncheires, Kronos, and the Titans. Unfortunately as these children were monstrous in their forms, Uranus hated them and locked them in caves for their lives.
The story becomes interesting when Kronos with the help of mother Gaia dethrones Uranus and takes his place. Uranus was castrated by Kronos and his genitals were thrown into the sea off the coast of Cyprus and Aphrodite, the goddess of love and sexuality was born from that. The wife of Kronos was Rhea. They had six children and youngest one was Zeus. Kronos having dethroned his father was always afraid that his children will one day dethrone him and in that fear he started to eat his own children one by one. Rhea did not like this and hid Zeus away on Mount Ida. She also tricked Kronos to eat a rock in place of the child. Kronos fears came true when Zeus after getting adult confronted him and forced him to throw up the children out from his body and then all the children attacked Kronos and won the fight and then Zeus became the new king of the Gods and ruled along with his wife Hera.
Out of all the above characters, I liked the character of Rhea because she had got some great values in her and she did not like the way her husband treated the children. She was alarmed by seeing the devilish acts of her husband and took the youngest son Zeus in confidence, helped him in getting rid of Kronos. That brought a good time to the universe as Zeus ruled the world at that time without any such problems and conflicts. Rhea was instrumental in bringing calm and serenity in the world of that time.
Knowledge is power.