Theogony and Works and Days by HesiodTheogony and Works and Days by Hesiod

Theogony and Works and Days

EditorHesiodTranslated byM. L. West

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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Hesiod, who lived in Boetia in the late eighth century BC, is one of the oldest known, and possibly the oldest of Greek poets. His Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of the struggles of the Titans. In contrast, Works and Days isa compendium of moral and practical advice on husbandry, and throws unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society. As well as offering the earliest known sources for the myths of Pandora, Prometheus and the Golden Age, Hesiod's poetry provides a valuable account of the ethics andsuperstitions of the society in which he lived. Unlike Homer, Hesiod writes about himself and his family, and he stands out as the first personality in European literature. This new translation, by a leading expert on the Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with readability. It is accompanied by anintroduction and explanatory notes.
Hesiod, the early Greek poet and rhapsode who presumably lived around 700 BCE, serves as a major source for knowledge of Greek mythology, farming techniques, archaic Greek astronomy and ancient time-keeping. M.L. West is a Professor of Greek at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.
Title:Theogony and Works and DaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019953831X

ISBN - 13:9780199538317


Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh I found this pretty dry compared to other classics like Homer and the tragedians
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short but slightly challenging This is a great source to get a better understanding of the Greek Mythological Gods and use as a companion to reading something like the the Iliad. It gives a sense of the characterizations of each deity. It's incredibly awesome to get a window into everyday life in ancient Greece to in Works and Days. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-09

Editorial Reviews

'West ... has now produced fine translations of these poems into fresh, lively and eminently readable English. It must quickly establish itself as the translation for English-speaking readers.'Jennifer R. March, University College, London. Classical Review