Hesiod describes himself as a Boeotian shepherd who heard the Muses call upon him to sing about the gods. His exact dates are unknown, but he has often been considered a younger contemporary of Homer. This volume of the new Loeb Classical Library edition offers a general introduction, a fluid translation facing an improved Greek text of Hesiod's two extant poems, and a generous selection of testimonia from a wide variety of ancient sources regarding Hesiod's life, works, and reception.
In Theogony Hesiod charts the history of the divine world, narrating the origin of the universe and the rise of the gods, from first beginnings to the triumph of Zeus, and reporting on the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal men. In Works and Days Hesiod shifts his attention to the world of men, delivering moral precepts and practical advice regarding agriculture, navigation, and many other matters; along the way he gives us the myths of Pandora and of the Golden, Silver, and other Races of Men.
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Review: Hesiod I: Theogony. Works and Days. Testimonia. (Loeb Classical Library, #57)User Review - Brian - Goodreads
What can I say? Every Loeb is worth at least three stars. Here Hesiod's Theogony introduces us to the genealogy of the ancient Greek gods. Works and Days is about how the earth is filled with evils ... Read full review
Review: Hesiod I: Theogony. Works and Days. Testimonia. (Loeb Classical Library, #57)User Review - Erik Graff - Goodreads
I'd been meaning to read Hesiod since the freshman year of high school when we were subjected to Edith Hamilton's Mythology. Finally, being on summer break from Loyola University and having obtained a ... Read full review
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