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Book Title: Works and Days (Academic Monograph Reprint)|
The author of the book: Hesiod
ISBN 13: 9780198140054
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.74 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: June 15th 1978
Read full description of the books Works and Days (Academic Monograph Reprint):The Works and Days is a poem of great interest to students of Greek and comparative literature, ancient society, early agriculture, and folklore and superstition. This edition, the first in English for over forty years, follows the pattern of the author's edition of Hesiod's Theogony (OUP 1966). In the commentary problems of text, language, interpretation and construction are discussed thoroughly, and the subject matter explained and illustrated. The poem is seen against the background of the Near Eastern tradition of wisdom literature, a survey of which and of similar traditions current in later cultures forms part of the Prolegomena. These also deal with the question of Hesiod's Greek antecedents, his personal circumstances, the reality of his addressee Perses, the composition of the poem, its transmission from antiquity, and the various ancient and medieval critics and commentators who worked on it. The text is based for the first time on knowledge of all manuscripts down to about 1400 as well as of fourteen more papyri than were available to the last editor.
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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