Hesiod and Theognis (Classics)

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Together the poetry of Hesiod and Theognis offers a superb introduction to the life and thought of ancient Greece. Hesiod's Theogoney (c. 725 BCE) is a powerful creation myth: an epic, bloody tale of dark forces, sex and violence, tracing the history of the world from primeval Chaos to the establishment of Zeus as supreme king of the gods. In contrast, Hesiod's Works and Days, written to advise his indolent brother Perseus, is an intriguing, sophisticated combination of ethical maxims, social and political comment and superstitious law. Elegiac rather than epic, the works of Theognis - written some two centuries after Hesiod - include theological speculations, love lyrics and moral advice for his protégé Kurnos, reflecting the moods and themes of an aristocratic poet who mourned a changing Greek society.

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"Good and readable. We can use it in our Myth and Greek courses."--David H.J. Larmour, Texas Tech Univ"This is a good, serviceable translation by the foremost authority of Hesiod....very clear and accessible version....concise introduction and useful notes...deserves to become a text of preference in courses in translation."--Robert L. Fowler, Classical World"The introduction blends charm, substance, and clarity for new readers of Hesiod. West makes him unintimidating, understandable, and above all human."--Carole Weaver, Iona CollegeWest is the finest Hesiod scholar of our time, if not of all time, and accordingly his English prose version is an altogether worthy by-product of his long, fruitful studies His introduction is masterly; and the endnotes, though brief, tell enough for most readers' information or curiosity."--Religious Studies Review"Very reasonably priced, yet with pleasing type-setting, a helpful introduction, and endnotes. Turning the endnotes into footnotes would have been even better."--Christopher Magri, Northwestern State University"Good, clear translation, useful notes."--Dr. Karl M. Petruso, University of Texas at Arlington

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I wrote this a while back, and I hope you enjoy it.
Well, after some conjurer brought me back from the dead to ask my why I wrote the Theogony, I ask Zeus to thunderbolt him and send him to Tartarus. Since I am here, now, I will say that my poetry is for enjoyment, pure and simple. I am, incidentally, a better author than Homer, and a much nicer guy. But going back to my comment, Zeus was never all that cruel towards his parents. As a matter of fact, he intends to let his dad Cronos out of Tartarus in a few centuries. Prometheus is another story, however. Anyhow, I made the poem gut-wrenching so you all would like it. I am overjoyed at the honor shown to me by all the printings of my work. Thanks

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