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Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Testimonia: v. 1 (Loeb Classical Library) [Hardcover]

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16 Jan 2007 Loeb Classical Library (Book 57)
Hesiod describes himself as a Boeotian shepherd who heard the Muses call upon him to sing about the gods. His exact dates are unknown, but he has often been considered a younger contemporary of Homer. This volume of the new "Loeb Classical Library" edition offers a general introduction, a fluid translation facing an improved Greek text of Hesiod's two extant poems, and a generous selection of testimonia from a wide variety of ancient sources regarding Hesiod's life, works, and reception. In "Theogony", Hesiod charts the history of the divine world, narrating the origin of the universe and the rise of the gods, from first beginnings to the triumph of Zeus, and reporting on the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal men. In "Works and Days", Hesiod shifts his attention to the world of men, delivering moral precepts and practical advice regarding agriculture, navigation, and many other matters; along the way he gives us the myths of Pandora and of the Golden, Silver, and other Races of Men.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Loeb (16 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674996224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674996229
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 11.3 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the stimulating introduction to his new Loeb Classics two-volume edition of Hesiod, Glenn Most makes the case that we, too, should admire Hesiod for his powerful and unified worldview...The vast questions that are addressed in these poems--the origins of the gods, the way the world works, the reasons why things are as they are--can be seen as the first rumblings of natural science, physics, philosophy, theology, medicine, autobiography, agriculture, law, even history and textual criticism...Hesiod is our oldest source for many of the best-known and best-loved stories of Greek mythology...The disturbing moral complexity of the Hesiodic poems is all the more reason why we should continue to read and study them...No other modern English translation includes the fragmentary works or the ancient testimonia. If you already have some familiarity with Hesiod's two best-known works and you want to know more about the rest of the Hesiodic corpus and about the ancient reception of this canonical figure, then Most's new Loeb books will be essential. Most makes various important corrections and improvements in his translation...We may look back to Hesiod's poetry as representative of a cultural Golden Age when it was possible for a single work of literature to encompass the whole of traditional 'wisdom': high and low, ancient and modern, philosophical and poetic, practical and metaphysical. Perhaps even our Age of Iron could learn from him.--Emily Wilson"New Republic" (09/10/2007)

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Glenn W. Most is Professor of Greek Philology, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and Professor of Social Thought, University of Chicago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Edition 19 May 2011
By Raul
Hesiod's works are very delightful to read, considering he's the first who organized a theogony (at least in written format) of all the Greek gods. The translation is very good, and the `Testimonia' adds much value to this edition. It is very interesting to read other ancient accounts on Hesiod's life.

A must have in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hesiod's Theogony 25 Feb 2009
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This book was ordered as a Christmas present. I have not read it but it was very much appreciated by the recipient. Delivery was as rapid as ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good edition for students or casual scholars 16 Nov 2010
By sibylla11 - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the 'newer' Loebs, with a very decent translation and some notes on textual variants. Like most Loebs, it has no extended apparatus criticus or commentary. A major bonus in this edition is the Testimonia section, with quotations from later ancient sources who reference Hesiod or his work. This product pales in comparison to the extensive ML West text and commentary (Oxford) but is a good starter edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference work on Hesiod (Loeb edition) 9 Jan 2012
By stephen liem - Published on Amazon.com
This is a review of Hesiod's works (Theogony, Works & Days, and Testimonia), Loeb edition #57.

This book contains Theogony, Works & Days, and Testimonia. What set this edition apart is the Testimonia. Testimonia contains 157 cross references and references of Hesiod's life and works found in other authors. Includes both his contemporary and others writers in the Roman worlds (Ovid, Cicero, etc). Excellent source of references on Hesiod. I dont believe other editions of Hesiod's works include this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defending the Western Canon 17 Sep 2012
By Bryan Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
I came to Hesiod's "Theogony," & "Works and Days," with no previous knowledge. I have been reading Harold Bloom's list of important works, and Hesiod was the next author on Bloom's lengthy recommended reading list. I bought the LOEB version because I have found its translations to have (to my uneducated mind) the appearance of a more literal translation; not to mention the books are published by Harvard, a fact which lends credibility to the produced works (at least to this reader's mind). The volume in question begins with a masterful introduction, with a lengthy bibliography of important academic works on Hesiod's writings. I found myself continually referring back to the introduction as I got hung up on some of Hesiod's ideas. The introduction was invaluable in that regards.

The LOEB volume begins with "Theogony," or the story of how the Greek gods came to be. Theogony contains more than just stories of the gods but it was that theme that seemed most prominent. "Works and Days" follows immediately, and contains Hesiod's quotidian life-advice to his brother Perses. The advice contains thoughts on economics, farming, sea-faring, worship, and justice. Like all ethical treatises, "Works and Days'" principles should be understood within the historical context of the author. The part of this LOEB volume is called "Testimonia." This section is not a translation of a completed work but an amalgamation of Greek and Latin authors' comments on Hesiod, his life, writings, death, poetry, philosophy and religion. "Testimonia" was my favorite part of the book.

After finishing this volume I asked myself, "are these two Hesiodian works justified as part of a western canon?" I struggled a bit with this one. Reading "Testimonia" helped demonstrate the importance that the Greek and Latin writers placed on Hesiod's writings. The fact that Plato took the time to criticize some of Hesiod's ideas would seem to justify reading this volume. As far as page-turning books go, this is not one of them; yet, a propensity to "page-turning" in no wise makes a book worthy in and of itself. Were I not reading chronologically I do not believe I would recommend these two works. I see their importance in helping to give birth to more books, and poetry but for this reader they do not stand independently as "great works." Should further study and reading persuade me otherwise, I cannot say. I would be willing to change my opinion in the future about "Theogony" and "Works and Days" as great works. but I will have to read much more to reach such a conclusion. If you, like I, have been reading chronologically beginning with Gilgamesh, I would recommend reading Hesiod's writings, as found in this LOEB edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literal translation 16 Jan 2013
By Doktor Faustus - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains the two most well-known works of Hesiod, "Theogony" and "Works and Days". They are presented in both the original Greek (on the left-hand page) and in English translation (on the right-hand page). The translator is Glenn Most and his translation is very literal; for example, in "Works and Days" he uses the word "five-brancher" instead of "hand" in one context because it is more like the Greek, although most other translations would just say "hand".

In addition to Hesiod's two works, this volume also includes "Testimonia", which is a collection of short passages mentioning Hesiod. These passages are from Greek and Roman sources; I found the references by Plato to be interesting, but most of the others are not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Homer first, Hesiod second. 4 Jan 2013
By Thomas W. Blakey - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are anything like me, there are times when dealing with Greek mythology, when you can't tell the players without a scorecard. This is a good scorecard.
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