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Hesiod is the first Greek and, therefore, the first European we can know as a real person, for, unlike Homer, he tells us about himself in his poems. ...Show synopsisHesiod is the first Greek and, therefore, the first European we can know as a real person, for, unlike Homer, he tells us about himself in his poems. Hesiod seems to have been a successful farmer and a rather gloomy though not humorless man. One suspects from his concern for the bachelor's lot and some rather unflattering remarks about women that he was never married. A close study of both poems reveals the same personality -that of a deeply religious man concerned with the problems of justice and fate.Hide synopsis
Title: The Poems of Hesiod; Translated With Introduction and Comments [Classic Literature, Poetry, Theogony Works and Days Anecdotes, Poetry, Prose, Verse, Personal Recollections, Poetic Rhetoric and Rhyming Story / Stories, Enjoyable Reading ] Author:Hesiod ISBN-13:9780806118468 ISBN:0806118466
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Description:160 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. CLASSICAL STUDIES. ...160 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. CLASSICAL STUDIES. "Besides Homer, there is Hesiod." These words still contain much truth today. Hesiod is a very important poet, and for this reason his two surviving poems, Theogony and Works and Days, deserve to be presented as accurately and attractively as possible. R. M. Frazer has done this: His new translations are faithful to the matter and spirit of the originals, and his commentary makes the poems understandable and enjoyable. Hesiod is the first Greek and, therefore, the first European we can know as a real person, for, unlike Homer, he tells us about himself in his poems. Hesiod seems to have been a successful farmer and a rather gloomy though not humorless man. One suspects from his concern for the bachelor's lot and some rather unflattering remarks about women that he was never married. A close study of both poems reveals the same personality-that of a deeply religious man concerned with the problems of justice and fate. The Theogony represents the first codification of the Greek pantheon. Hesiod, of course, did not invent the gods, but he gave the Greeks a clear picture of their forms, functions, and relationships. Thus, the poem deals with the high epic theme of the creation of the divine order of the world under the direction of Zeus. Works and Days, by contrast, considers justice and work in the context of Hesiod's own life. The difference in subject matter produces a difference in style: Theogony is strongly influenced by the epic conventions; Works and Days is more modern and freewheeling. To get a fuller picture of Hesiod and his poems, we must try to understand him in relation to his times. The eighth century, when Hesiod lived, was the time of the great Greek awakening after the period of relative darkness ushered in by the fall of the old Mycenaean kingdoms around 1125 B.C. Hesiod thus lived at the beginning of the Greek classical period, and his poems influenced not only that age but also Western culture in our day. R. M. Frazer is a member and former chairman of the Classics Department in Tulane University. He is the author of many articles in the classics and of The Trojan War: The Chronicles of Dictys of Crete and Dares the Phrygian. "The translation, taut and concrete, is mostly on a very high level."-International Social Science Review "Frazer renders many Hesiodic cruces with ease and grace....His comments, interspersed among various sections of the poem, are dependably illuminating, factually and interpretively."-Choice "Conservative Hellenists will applaud Frazer's systematic, no-nonsense approach. His admirable introduction gives a clear and orthodox summary of Hesiod's life and times, reviews the Near Eastern parallels, and offers a brief analysis of Hesiod's poetic style....The Theogony and Works and Days are both divided into short segments ranging from 5 to 115 lines (about 40 lines on average). Each of these verse sections is given a descriptive subtitle, and each is followed by short interpretive comments, set in contrasting italic type....The comments themselves are very skilfully managed."-Peter L. Smith, University of Victoria "Unique to this work are the Comments, interspersed at regular intervals, on the names of divinities, the movement of the plot, other versions of the myths, questions of authenticity, etc....These notes should reduce the frustrations of teaching Hesiod in translation and invite students to appreciate the richness of detail in his poetry."-Classical Outlook (Key Words: Poetry, Classical Studies, Greek Literature, Poems, Hesiod, R. M. Frazer).
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