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Book Title: The Works and Days/Theogony/The Shield of Herakles|
The author of the book: Hesiod
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 349 KB
Edition: University of Michigan Press
Date of issue: November 15th 1991
ISBN 13: 9780472081615
Read full description of the books The Works and Days/Theogony/The Shield of Herakles:If you are going to tackle Hesiod this is the way to do it. The author provides an excellent introduction to each poem and the first two are so thoroughly annotated that the notes exceed the length of the poems. Athanassakis also interpolates some observations from modern rural Greece which are always fitting and did much to enhance my appreciation of the ancient texts.
I came to Hesiod for Theogony and I was prepared for a slog. The divine genealogy is very dense but with the aid of the notes I came to really enjoy it. I read this poem slowly over the course of several days and felt it was time well spent.
The Shield of Heracles was a welcome surprise. It is a rollicking battle scene of short story length. There are no annotations for Shield but these are not missed. The poem is easily read, it is more or less a straightforward tale of blood and thunder.
I came to Works and Days with less enthusiasm than the others. It is a didactic poem having less to do with mythology than with planting grain or managing oxen. I found it fascinating nonetheless. There are lots of insights with respect to constellations, and the Five Races of Man is a very interesting theme. There are even some bits about sailing.
Athanassakis has done a similar book for the Homeric Hymns. In light of this treatment of Hesiod I look forward to reading it soon.
Read information about the authorHesiod, the father of Greek didactic poetry, probably flourished during the 8th century BC. Hesiod's earliest poem, the famous Works and Days, and according to Boeotian testimony the only genuine one, embodies the experiences of his daily life and work, and, interwoven with episodes of fable, allegory, and personal history, forms a sort of Boeotian shepherd's calendar. The other poem attributed to Hesiod or his school which has come down in great part to modern times is The Theogony, a work of grander scope, inspired alike by older traditions and abundant local associations. It is an attempt to work into system, as none had essayed to do before, the floating legends of the gods and goddesses and their offspring.
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