Works and Days: A Translation and Commentary for the Social Sciences

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University of California Press, Jan 24, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 100 pages
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This new, annotated translation of Hesiod's Works and Days is a collaboration between David W. Tandy, a classicist, and Walter Neale, an economist and economic historian. Hesiod was an ancient Greek poet whose Works and Days discusses agricultural practices and society in general. Classicists and ancient historians have turned to Works and Days for its insights on Greek mythology and religion. The poem also sheds light on economic history and ancient agriculture, and is a good resource for social scientists interested in these areas. This translation emphasizes the activities and problems of a practicing agriculturist as well as the larger, changing political and economic institutions of the early archaic period.

The authors provide a clear, accurate translation along with notes aimed at a broad audience. The introductory essay discusses the changing economic, political and trading world of the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E., while the notes present the range and possible meanings of important Greek terms and references in the poem and highlight areas of ambiguity in our understanding of Works and Days.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Who Composed It
5
THE WORLD OF HESIODS TIME
9
Political Power and the basilees in the Earliest Poetry
16
Redistribution Markets and Trade
22
HESIODS DAILY BREAD
25
Hesiods oikos and Livelihood
27
Tools and Equipment
31
Getting Grain from a Distance
35
A Farmers Almanac
37
THE VIEW FROM THE PERIPHERY
39
Dike
42
I
49
II
94
III
104
Copyright

Hunger Crop Failure and Debt
33

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About the author (1997)

David W. Tandy is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and coeditor of From Political Economy to Anthropology: Situating Economic Life in Past Societies (1994). Walter C. Neale is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and author of Developing Rural India: Policies, Politics, and Progress (1990).

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