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Theogony, Works and Days, Shield

Theogony, Works and Days, Shield - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0801879845

Cover of Theogony, Works and Days, Shield 2ND 04 (ISBN 978-0801879845)
ISBN13: 978-0801879845
ISBN10: 0801879841
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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Theogony, Works and Days, Shield - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801879845

Hesiod and Apostolos N. Translator Athanassakis

ISBN13: 978-0801879845
ISBN10: 0801879841
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Hesiod belongs to the transitional period in Greek civilization between the oral tradition and the introduction of a written alphabet. His two major surviving works, the Theogony and the Works and Days, address the divine and the mundane, respectively. The Theogony traces the origins of the Greek gods and recounts the events surrounding the crowning of Zeus as their king. A manual of moral instruction in verse, the Works and Days was addressed to farmers and peasants.

Introducing his celebrated translations of these two poems and of the Shield, a very ancient poem of disputed authorship, Apostolos Athanassakis positions Hesiod simultaneously as a philosopher-poet, a bard with deep roots in the culture of his native Boeotia, and the heir to a long tradition of Hellenic poetry. For this eagerly anticipated revised edition, Athanassakis has provided an expanded introduction on Hesiod and his work, subtly amended his faithful translations, significantly augmented the notes and index, and updated the bibliography. Already a classic, Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield is now more valuable than ever for students of Greek mythology and literature.

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