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Hesiod: Volume I, Theogony. Works and Days. Testimonia (Loeb Classical Library No. 57N)

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For a wider audience, especially in this era of resurgent environmental verse, the day of the rural seer and sage may finally have arrived. Glenn Most's splendid new bilingual volume is, therefore, timely...It offers readers and scholars alike the most reliable prose translation and the richest supplementary materials available. (Richard Martin New York Sun 2007-03-20)

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 2007-09-10)

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674996224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674996229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.
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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.
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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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This book is great. The long introduction provide is very informative, and the text is very pleasant to read, both the greek and the english translation. I am just a greek language beginner so I cannot give a fully detailed opinion about the greek text, but I am sure it has little to no mistakes as well. The binding is also excellent. A recommended book.
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