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Hesiod,Homeric Hymns And Homerica

Hesiod,Homeric Hymns And Homerica - 14 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674990630

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ISBN13: 978-0674990630
ISBN10: 0674990633
Edition: 14
Copyright: 1914
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1914
International: No

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Hesiod,Homeric Hymns And Homerica - 14 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674990630

Hesiod and H. G. Translator Evelyn-White

ISBN13: 978-0674990630
ISBN10: 0674990633
Edition: 14
Copyright: 1914
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1914
International: No
Summary

Hesiod (Hesiodus), an epic poet apparently of the eighth century BC, was born in Asia Minor but moved to Boeotia in central Greece. He was regarded by later Greeks as a contemporary of Homer. Three works survive under Hesiod's name: (1) ''Works and Days,'' addressed to his brother. In it he gives us the allegories of the two Strifes, and the myth of Pandora; stresses that every man must work; describes the accepted Five Ages of the world; delivers moral advice; surveys in splendid style a year's work on a farm; gives precepts on navigation; and propounds lucky and unlucky days. (2) ''Theogony,'' a religious work about the rise of the gods and the universe from Chaos to the triumph of Zeus, and about the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal men. (3) ''The Shield'' (not by Hesiod), an extract from a ''Catalogue of Women,'' the subject being Alcmena and her son Heracles and his contest with Cycnus, with a description of Heracles' shield. All three works are of great literary interest. This volume also includes the 33 ''Homeric Hymns'' addressed to deities and ascribed to Homer; fragments of the Epic Cycle; the epic parody ''Battle of the Frogs and Mice''; and ''The Origin of Homer and Hesiod and of Their Contest,'' a work of the second century AD, but partly based on an earlier version.

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