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Hesiod and Theognis

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Hesiod and Theognis by . Hesiod
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Together the poetry of Hesiod and Theognis offers a superb introduction to the life and thought of ancient Greece. Hesiod's Theogoney (c. 725 BCE) is a powerful creation myth: an epic, bloody tale of dark forces, sex and violence, tracing the history of the world from primeval Chaos to the establishment of Zeus as supreme king of the gods. In contrast, Hesiod's Works and Days, written to advise his indolent brother Perseus, is an intriguing, sophisticated combination of ethical maxims, social and political comment and superstitious law. Elegiac rather than epic, the works of Theognis - written some two centuries after Hesiod - include theological speculations, love lyrics and moral advice for his protagonist Kurnos, reflecting the moods and themes of an aristocratic poet who mourned a changing Greek society.

Author Biography

Hesiod is an early Greek poet, whose work gives an insight into the creation myths of Greek society. Theognis, writing c.525 bce, was an aristocrat. Dorothea Wender is a well-know translator.
Release date NZ
February 22nd, 1973
Contributor
Edited by D. Wender
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
bibliography
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
176
Dimensions
129x198x10
ISBN-13
9780140442830
Product ID
1660433

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