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Theogony and Works and Days

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ISBN-10: 1585102881

ISBN-13: 9781585102884

Edition: 2009

Authors: Stephanie Nelson, Richard Caldwell, Hesiod

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 142
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.660

Stephanie Nelson has a degree in finance and worked for ten years in sales and marketing with Procter and Gamble and Marriott Hotels. In 1995, she left the corporate world to stay home with her sons. In 2001, she founded her free website www.couponmom.com, which is committed to helping consumers save money and feed the hungry by increasing food donations to hunger organizations with the Cut out Hunger program. Since 2004, she has appeared on numerous television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS Early Show.

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).