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Theogony and Works and Days

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ISBN-10: 0472069322

ISBN-13: 9780472069323

Edition: 2006

Authors: Henry Weinfield, Hesiod, Catherine Schlegel

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Written in the late eighth century BC by Hesiod, one of the oldest known of Greek poets, "Theogony" and "Works and Days" represent the earliest account of the origin of the Greek gods, and an invaluable compendium of advice for leading a moral life, both offering unique insights into archaic Greek society. There are a number of modern translations of Hesiod available, rendered in serviceable English, but until now no one has created a work of literature equal to the original. This translation is the result of a unique collaboration between a classicist and a poet, capturing in English "fourteeners" the works' true poetic flavor while remaining faithful to the Greek text and the archaic…    
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 9/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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…