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Hesiod: The Homeric Hymns and Homerica (The Loeb Classical Library, No. 57)

Hesiod, translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White

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ISBN 10: 0674990633 / ISBN 13: 9780674990630
Published by Harvard University Press, LoCo1, 1970
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Hardcover, with text in English and Greek; English translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White; 1970 reprint; green cover cloth with gilt titles; fading and shelf wear to exterior; spotting to cover cloth; former owner's name written on inside front board; otherwise contents in good condition with clean text, firm binding. Bookseller Inventory # 57865

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Title: Hesiod: The Homeric Hymns and Homerica (The ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, LoCo1

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Hesiod (Hesiodus), an epic poet apparently of the eighth century BC, was born in Asia Minor but moved to Boeotia in central Greece. He was regarded by later Greeks as a contemporary of Homer.

Three works survive under Hesiod's name: (1) "Works and Days," addressed to his brother. In it he gives us the allegories of the two Strifes, and the myth of Pandora; stresses that every man must work; describes the accepted Five Ages of the world; delivers moral advice; surveys in splendid style a year's work on a farm; gives precepts on navigation; and propounds lucky and unlucky days. (2) "Theogony," a religious work about the rise of the gods and the universe from Chaos to the triumph of Zeus, and about the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal men. (3) "The Shield" (not by Hesiod), an extract from a "Catalogue of Women," the subject being Alcmena and her son Heracles and his contest with Cycnus, with a description of Heracles' shield. All three works are of great literary interest.

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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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