Heat and Lust: Hesiod's Midsummer Festival Scene Revisited
J.C.B. Petropoulos examines the description of midsummer in Hesiod's Works and Days, explores modern Greek agrarian practices and relevant folk beliefs, proverbs, symbols, and songs, and cautiously attempts a "backward extrapolation".
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Aesop Alcaeus Alcman ancient song Appendix Archilochean Archilochus Aristophanes Aristotle Athenaeus bird bird songs blame bread carmen populare cereal chirruping cicada cake cicada-song crane creature creature's crop cuckoo Democritean demotic songs demotic tradition Diehl dXXd eastern Thrace especially ethos farmer feast female Festival Scene fountain function Gepeo Gepo grain Greece Gregory Nagy harbingers harvest songs harvest-time Herakles Hesiod Homeric Homeric Hymn ibid idle Iliad implication insects KaXd kcll khelidonisma llou Loukatos lowly or shameful male midsummer modern Greek morsel Nagy npenei Odyssey oxen parallel passage performed Perses Petrochori Petropoulos plowing poet proverb reapers reaping seasonal songs sexual Shield of Herakles sickle sing Solmsen stalks suggests summer swallow song testimonia tettix theme Theocritus Thrace Thracian threshing Tsakonia Verdenius versions village West wheat wind winnowing woman women worker Zephyros