Hesiod and Theognis Theogony; Works and Days - Elegies

ISBN-10: 0140442839
ISBN-13: 9780140442830
Edition: 2001
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Together the poetry of Hesiod and Theognis offers a superb introduction to the life and thought of ancient Greece. Dorothea Wender's translation conveys the beauty and vigour of the original texts while her introductions to each explain the history behind them.

The poet Hesiod tells us that his father gave up sea-trading and moved from Ascra to Boeotia, that as he himself tended sheep on Mount Helicon the Muses commanded him to sing of the gods, and that he won a tripod for a funeral song at Chalcis. The poems credited to him with certainty are: the Theogony, an attempt to bring order into the otherwise chaotic material of Greek mythology through genealogies and anecdotes about the gods; and The Works and Days, a wise sermon addressed to his brother Perses as a result of a dispute over their dead father's estate. This latter work presents the injustice of the world with mythological examples and memorable images, and concludes with a collection of folk wisdom. Uncertain attributions are the Shield of Heracles and the Catalogue of Women. Hesiod is a didactic and individualistic poet who is often compared and contrasted with Homer, as both are representative of early epic style. "Hesiod is earth-bound and dun colored; indeed part of his purpose is to discredit the brilliance and the ideals of heroism glorified in the homeric tradition. But Hesiod, too, is poetry, though of a different order. . . " (Moses Hadas, N.Y. Times).

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