Theogony and Works and Days. Hesiod Translated with Introduction and Notes by M. L. West. Oxford World’s Classics. A new, fully-annotated. Hesiod, one of the oldest known Greek poets, stands out as the first personality in Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod, translated by M. L. West. THE CLASSICAL REVIEW. journey to Hades. He also shows how in both the tales there is allusion to the potential danger of eating the local food when the.

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And among the illustrious births are Athena and Hephaestus. As with Hesiod, the first couple matrixes were golden ages of perfection where none suffered, but afterward the injection of suffering was necessary and the latter ages reflected the increased violence and misery. Greenawalt and Perry on Politics and Religion.

Theogony and Works and Days

Advice on living a prosperous life 26 October Okay, this book is both the Theogony and The Works and Daysbut I simply want to write about the Works and Days here simply because I cannot find the book under a single listing unlike the Theogony. While Christians may jump up and say that they did work, remember that Hesiod tells us that they were free from toil, not that they did not work. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy journals.

A lot of his advice concerns home economics and farming, and one of his tips involves naked farming, which I found an … interesting idea.

Although Uranus bore Gaia, she was inferior. Pointing out the marked differences between the two stories goes beyond the scope of a review. Hesiod likely will appeal to anyone drawn to classical Western workw in general or the person, like me, seeking to dive into Greco-Roman literature in particular.

There obviously is more than one translation that merits the five stars I gave this one. 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.

We are also told here of the battle between the Olympian gods and the Titans.

There are some interesting parallels usually contrasting parallels, though between Theogony and Genesis. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. From verse to deals with the original or elemental beings Kaos, Gea, and Erosthese being the first divine generation.

Saunders – – The Classical Review 47 As with the Egyptian myth, the Earth and Sky mate and have to be forcibly separate to make room for their offspring to emerge. And znd I will give you nothing.

In the Greek myths though this comes in the form of Kronos castrating his sky father Uranus, so he and his Titan siblings can emerge m.l.wwest the womb of their mother.

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Aside from describing the ages of mankind, Hesiod describes the introduction of suffering and evil as the first woman, Pandora, having opened a jar. Also some bits on how you should live. The blending of several aspects of Greek culture in one book makes it an excellent study for those who enjoy poetry, history, or mythology. Regardless, if you want to take on Hesiod, it is best to have a fairly strong knowledge of Greek mythology.

Johnson translates the Greek and provides the introductions. This new translation by a leading expert combines accuracy with readability.

He tells you to not sail in the spring, it’s too dangerous.

Hesiod’s two surviving complete texts are very short and, while interesting, I did not find them terribly fascinating. Theogony, Works and Days, Shield. Anyway, this is also the version of Hesiod that I own though I believe it was given to me by a friend when I studied Classical Studies way back in the mists of history.

This work gives contemporary historians almost everything we know about the birth of the world metaphorically speaking, though there are those who consider this a creation story similar to Adam and Eve and the battles between the Titans and Olympians. The Works and Daysa 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. Biblically this can be related to the race of humanity prior to the fall, as pretty much everything that is said here can be related to pre-fall humanity.

It contains practical advice on farming, being generous and truthful, and being an industrious person in society. Prometheus of course, brings fire to humanity and is punished by Zeus for a period of time for this act. It’s a kind of Greek almanac. West did a great job. This sounds a bit mystical, but recalling Hesiod’s fondness of Hekate, the goddess of magic, among other things, it makes sense.

View all 11 comments. I first read the “Works and Days” 45 yeas ago for an undergraduate course in the history of Classical Greece. Because of him mortal men are unmentioned and mentioned, spoken and unspoken of, according to great Zeus’ will.

Oddly enough, the architect of the matrix in the scene where he describes the five preceding matrixes mocks and sneers at hope as the protagonist leaves the room, describing it as the “quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness”.

The toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream being a mingling of iron and clay seem an apt metaphor for the ancient Greek views of Homer and Hesiod that the Heroes mingled with normal people until they eventually died out or disappeared. Plutarch, Selected Essays and Dialogues. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: The Greeks would have been familiar with these characters from their cultural background. There was no order and they rejected the gods.