Works and Days: A Translation and Commentary for the Social Sciences
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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Who Composed It
THE WORLD OF HESIODS TIME
Political Power and the basilees in the Earliest Poetry
Redistribution Markets and Trade
HESIODS DAILY BREAD
Hesiods oikos and Livelihood
Tools and Equipment
Getting Grain from a Distance
A Farmers Almanac
THE VIEW FROM THE PERIPHERY
Hunger Crop Failure and Debt
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