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Works and Days and Theogony (Hackett Classics) Paperback – October 1, 1993

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  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872201791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872201798
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This is by far the best rendering of Hesiod's poems in print. The translation is fully accurate but so readable one doesn't want to stop; it exactly captures Hesiod's rustic wisdom, his humour and his cautious pessimism. . . . Clear brief notes and a glossary make this a must for introductory courses: students will love it. --Richard Janko, University College, London



Spare, muscular, pithy, no otiose rhetoric. --Peter Green, University of Texas at Austin



These are both fine translations, each one suited to the character of the respective work. --Charles Segal, Harvard University

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Dougal on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
At first I found the voice Lombardo uses for "Works and Days" a little off-putting. I mean, you don't expect an ancient Greek poet to come off like one of Huck Finn's more literate relatives. But as I continued reading, and, indeed, I had a hard time stopping, I was convinced this really was Hesiod's voice, at least for this group of poems and proverbs. He's a rustic, cranky know-it-all who's also quite entertaining. "Theogony" is more formal and stately, but as with Lomboardo's recent "Iliad" and "Odyssey", compulsively readable. In this volume, Hesiod is more pleasurable to read than I had imagined possible. Bravo!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leah Jesse on July 16, 2004
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Hesiod's Theogony was the best known poem in antiquity and the single greatest summary of the Greek gods and the theological tradition of Archaic Greece (800-480 B.C.) Its origins are based in oral tradition and the poem itself is structured in run-composition with framed episodes that use repetitious formulas. Due to its structure, the narrative can shift suddenly from one topic to another, thus leading to inconsistencies in the gods' parentage. The Theogony is a succession myth that explains how generations of patriarchal gods overthrow each other until one god consolidates power. Therefore, the story has a linear progression, but it also has a cyclical element since each generation represents a reincarnation of previous generations that all try to keep their children secluded from power. Four main themes in the Theogony include: the concern for the displacement of elders, the frustration of gender politics, the folktale element of moral messages, and the concern of sexual excess demonstrated by the gods.

Hesiod also wrote Works and Days which was a poem to his brother who had squandered his share of their father's inheritance. Throughout the poem, Hesiod outlines practical guidelines for basic living. He also gives examples of Greek cosmogony such as the Ages of Man that is not found elsewhere in Greek literary sources. Scholars have described Hesiod's worldview as apocalyptic and pessimistic, but Hesiod's stern dealings with his brother occasionally give way to a more lighthearted tone which Lombardo emphasizes in modern prose.

Both translations are enlightening reads and Lombardo gives extensive, useful notes, and Robert Lamberton provides an excellent introduction that outlines Hesiod's life and his poems.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kouroukis on October 3, 2008
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I must have compared a number of different Hesiod translation before finding Stanley Lombardo's!

At once I felt at peace with my searching struggle and was extremely happy with his version!

He has presented the "Theogony" and "Works & Days" in a way that makes for easy and pleasurable reading, with a realistic power and a believability in Hesiod himself.

Not only that but he has taken the time to seperated each text into paragraphs and sections, and has given each section a title for quick reference and artistic aesthetic!

I love this beautiful edition!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2011
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A beautiful and witty translation of Hesiod, including both of the best-known pieces we have from him. The Works and Days is what it always is: argumentative and with some kind of ancient agenda whose exact nature is the subject of many a PhD thesis. The Theogony, though, is much more clearly a poem, and the translator here has made it readable, lyrical, and expressed in language that's always impressive and here and there, very funny. Strongly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By review on October 29, 2012
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This is a fabulous translation--much better than ML West's and others I've read, in my opinion. Also, my copy got to me very quickly and in good condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xenophon on March 8, 2014
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Everything you've ever heard about Greek mythology starts with this guy. He might have even been before Homer, or they might have been contemporaries. More importantly, the root of all Western thought, philosophy is here too. When Hesiod wrote the Old Testament was still written. The introduction and commentary are great as well. You have no idea how many of our wise sayings came from these books. Why read hand - me - down ideas on Philosophy when the originals are still with us and so interesting and easy to read. Way more sex and violence than anything in the movies. Also goes a long way in explaining how the younger generation always has to move the last generation away if they ever hope to run things. Also makes me really glad to be a Christian. People today talk about how the God of the Bible was so cruel...the Titans and Olympians have all that and the worst qualities
of people as well.
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