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Theomachy (Gr. Θεομαχία, battle of the gods) commonly denotes the fight between different gods or the rebellion against one god. Theomachy is mostly involved in the processes of theogony .


Earliest example is the Mesopotamian or Babylonian Creation - Myth Eliš Enuma . In this myth, the city god of Babylon, Marduk , defeats the creator goddess Tiamat . After Tiamat's death he creates heaven and earth from Kingu's body and people from clay and his blood.

In his Theogony, Hesiod reports the battles between the different generations of the Olympian gods.

Theomachy is also the noble justification of the deified Roman emperors for the persecution of Christians .


  • RG Kratz, H. Spieckermann: Art. Creator / Creation II. Old Testament, in: TRE 30, 1999, pp. 258–283.