Theogony and Works and Days

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Hesiod, one of the oldest known Greek poets, stand out as the first personality in European literature. The Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of their violent struggles before the present order was established. The Works and Days, a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry, throws a unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society, ethics, and superstition. Hesiod's poetry is the oldest source for the myths of ...
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Hesiod, one of the oldest known Greek poets, stand out as the first personality in European literature. The Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of their violent struggles before the present order was established. The Works and Days, a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry, throws a unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society, ethics, and superstition. Hesiod's poetry is the oldest source for the myths of Prometheus, Pandora, and the Golden Age. Unlike Homer, Hesiod tells us about himself and his family (he lived in central Greece in the late eighth century BC). This new translation by a leading expert combines accuracy with readability.
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"This is a very welcome publication, an authoritative translation of a major greek author at a reasonable price. Essential reading for classicists."—J. G. Hourie, Dept. of Classics, University of Edinburgh

"Readers who have no previous knowledge of Hesoid will find this an extremely accessible book, written in such a way that the non-specialist will be able to read, follow and enjoy these works. This is in part due to Professor West's excellent translations and partly due to his real and profound interest in his subject, which is further reflectd by a most informative and useful introduction."—The Greek Rreview

"So much better than the corresponding Penguin translation of Hesiod. The introduction is splendid."—P. Walcot, University College, Cardiff

"...An edition with a stimulating Introduction, a very readable translation."—JACT Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199538317
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 255,868
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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