The Works and Days. Theogony. The Shield of Herakles

by Hesiod

Other authorsRichmond Lattimore (Ed. And Tr.)
Hardcover, 1959




Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press [1959]


Work and Days is a didactic poem of some 800 verses written by the ancient Greek poet Hesiod around 700 BC. At its center, the Works and Days is a farmer's almanac in which Hesiod instructs his brother Perses in the agricultural arts. Scholars have seen this work against a background of agrarian crisis in mainland Greece, which inspired a wave of colonial expeditions in search of new land. In the poem Hesiod also offers his brother extensive moralizing advice on how he should live his life.

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LibraryThing member jarvenpa
I like Lattimore's translations a great deal (but I am no one to judge accuracy).
LibraryThing member wrk1
This is the real thing. A man (or the narrator) talking about Greek life 2500 years ago, with absolute authority, because he lives it. The Works and Days is down-to-earth advice to a younger brother about how to get on in life, the Theogony contains tales of the gods, tales of their origins, their relationships to each other and to the Ancient Greeks. Again, the real thing, not as retold by Hollywood, but straight from the mind of someone who lives there.… (more)


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