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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Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod

Jul 25, Chad Gibbons rated it it was ok. Aphro is apparently Greek for foam, so she is named after semen, or a euphemism for it anyway. However, I was more intrigued by Works and Days. Regardless, if you want to take on Hesiod, it is best to have a fairly strong knowledge of Greek mythology. In another par And I quote: Once again we are seeing a different world, where there was no real big government at least not in Greece and society was made up of small villages and independent city states.

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. Oct 22, Ashley rated it liked it.

Theogony and Works and Days

Ve bu, 13 yy. From verses to the struggle takes place between Zeus and Typhon, the so-called Typhonomachy, with the triumph of the first and the imprisonment of the second in the newborn Tartarus and the consequence of the typhoons.

This does not coincide with the people of Babel, who seemed to be more technologically advanced woeks a group of simple hunter-gatherers, but maybe that is annd the race of heroes falls in here, before we move to the current race, being the race of iron, who may not be as prestigious as the golden race, but are more technologically developed. Unfortunately the way in which it is told makes it very difficult to stay interested.


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theohony Zeus throws lightning bolts without mercy instead of angels heaving mountains. Okay, he shows his wisdom when he tells us that we should not urinate upstream and in fact we don’t urinate in rivers, but in the bushes.

West prefaces his translation with an excellent introduction giving context both to Hesiod Deserving to be read on its own merits as a classic, my immediate purpose for reading Hesiod was to get a refresher on the origins of the Olympian gods and goddesses.

Theogony and Works and Days – Hesiod – Oxford University Press

The godly man of sound sense does it squatting, or going to the wall of the courtyard enclosure. Did I enjoy reading it?

The Theogony contains a systematic genealogy and account of the struggles of the gods, and the Works and Days offers a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry. All three of these stories have taken on lives of their own and have influenced western society in more ways than I could ever convey.

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

Theogony is a poem describing the genealogy of the gods, and Works and Days is a poem giving advice for life although a lot of that advice is related to farming.

Reading as Hesiod continuously tells his brother what a waste of space he is just made me giggle, and is hrsiod nice reminder that we’re not so different from the Ancient Greeks ourselves. He is tricked though and Zeus is able to be born and after warring with and imprisoning the Titans in the primeval abyss is able to establish his rule and begin procreating the remaining Olympian deities, such as Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, and Athena.


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.

Agricultural advice — how to use the constellations to determine planting and harvesting. Jul 24, Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jul 27, Thieluar added it. Volume One, Introduction, Text and Translation. The loves of Ares and Aphrodite are also narrated among others.

This is one of those books that are incredibly hard to ascribe a star rating to. Hesiod’s two surviving complete texts are very short and, while interesting, I did not find them terribly fascinating. It is the As far as the translation goes, I think M.

Hesiod’s poetry is the oldest source for the myths of Prometheus, Pandora, and the M.k.west Age. The Translation Weinfield and Schlegel do an excellent job in capturing the essence of the poem by using the English fourteener. I mean, there were bits that I enjoyed – the list of superstitions at the end of Works and Daysfor example – and there were bits that I had to trudge znd like I was wading through soup.