The Works and Days/Theogony/The Shield of Herakles

The Works and Days Theogony The Shield of Herakles Epic poems by one who has been called the first Greek philosopher and theologian

  • Title: The Works and Days/Theogony/The Shield of Herakles
  • Author: Hesiod Richmond Lattimore
  • ISBN: 9780472081615
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Epic poems by one who has been called the first Greek philosopher and theologian.

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    1. If you are going to tackle Hesiod this is the way to do it. The author provides an excellent introduction to each poem and the first two are so thoroughly annotated that the notes exceed the length of the poems. Athanassakis also interpolates some observations from modern rural Greece which are always fitting and did much to enhance my appreciation of the ancient texts.I came to Hesiod for Theogony and I was prepared for a slog. The divine genealogy is very dense but with the aid of the notes I [...]

    2. Well, I was unaware of Hesiod until recently. Maybe I was blinded by the radiance of Homer. Now I know Hesiod may have been a contemporary of his. I'd had his work recommended and given to me, and I found it much like Homer's and much to my liking. Hesiod reads like Homer. Works and Days, with its instructions intended as a guide for everyday agricultural and social activities, seems less about the gods than the other 2 works in the volume, though their influence is certainly important and the c [...]

    3. These poems are more than poems, they're stories that are beautifully written and lyrical. I loved reading all of them.

    4. I'm pleased to have gotten to who was perhaps the greatest Greek epic poet that was not Homer - his Works and Days, and Theogony, the story of the origins of the Greek gods.I feel that with Hesiod, I got some great background into Greek myth - of the golden age, the silver age, the Bronze Age, the heroic age, the Iron Age, the Great War between the Titans and the Olympians, some interesting origin stories - like the grisly Hesiodic version of Aphrodite's origin, which contrasts with Homer's more [...]

    5. Hesiod portrays femininity as a very dangerous power. Aphrodite was born when Kronos castrated his father the sky and tossed the dick into the ocean - the primal connection between giggling seduction and castration. Then Zeus punishes men for their disobedience by giving them beautiful women.On the other hand, his advice, particularly in West’s translation, strongly recalls a modern woman’s magazine - Good Housekeeping, or Martha Stewart. Some of his offered precepts are equally moral today, [...]

    6. 1) Slightly cheating on this as we're not reading the last 30 pages or so, The Shield of Herakles.2) Hesiod hates women. Poor guy obviously didn't appreciate sex. It's pretty funny, he gives advice like:"Get yourself an oxen for plowing and also a woman.""Do not let any sweet-talking woman beguile your good sense with the fascinations of her shape. It's your barn she's after."3) The myths of Pandora and Prometheus are much better in their original form than I had come to expect from cultural osm [...]

    7. Still loved this collection. I listened to the audio version this time from Librivox, and the narrator was great. I'd read Works and Days and Theogony many times before, but this was the first time I'd gotten to experience The Shield of Herakles.

    8. A quite nice edition that includes all poems of Hesiod. The first one, talking about an epic battle, is very illustrative and vivid, so I would like to hear it with some kind of ancient music. It would make a great hymn. The second one is about the genealogical tree of Gods, and therefore Cosmos itself, according to the ancient Greek mythology and traditions. Very informative and interesting, especially if you are into this stuff. The third and final part is a bit boring, full of details on what [...]

    9. Maybe not as fun as other classics like the Odyssey because Hesiod is not about round complete finite narratives, but just as great in other ways. Hesiod is the ultimate incompleteness, what Eco would call the infinity of lists. The number of gods and nymphs in here is definitely overwhelming but there is something trance-like in reading the genealogy of gods out loud. Also, flourishes of language and thought in describing the grandiosity of the gods are extremely enjoyable. For example, describ [...]

    10. Second time reading Works and days, probably 4th times reading Theogony and first time reading The Shield of Herakles.Listened to the audiobook version this time, and I can't really recommend it. The narrator (Charlton Griffin) did a good job and all but hearing him go on and on listing names in the earlier parts of Theogony was pretty damn mind numbing. If I hadn't already read it I would probably not have gotten much out of it seeing as I kept losing focus for most of the first half.

    11. Really a spectacular read. "Works and Days" was an interesting snapshot into daily ancient Grecian life and Hesiod's thoughts. "Theogeny", though admittedly takes a little time was interesting and fun. "Shield of Herakles" was probably my favorite because of its action-packed battle scene (which is similar to Homer's "The Iliad" shield and battle description)

    12. Masterful work, and an excellent annotated edition, which includes The Shield of Herakles, often left out of popular Hesiod presentations. I would recommend, at least for the Theogony, that you check out Charlton Griffin's phenomenal audiobook narration in tandem. There are dozens if not hundreds of names whose pronunciation is not always obvious (or easy).

    13. So dreamy and fascinating and atmospheric. If you only know the summary of the myths you don't get the atmosphere, and the atmosphere is what's so evocative about them! Read the original stories! Read this!

    14. Beautiful translation as you would expect from Lattimore, but Hesiod is no Homer, you have to love lists to really enjoy him. I do, but not enough!

    15. Works and Days was excellent. A good meditation on hard work through the seasons of life.Theogony was rather dull. Some classic references (original?) to some of the most well-known Greek myths, but a many long lists of genealogy.Herakles has exciting, poetic battles, but there's a lot of moving parts to keep up with.

    16. I decided that I was going to try and write a review for every book I read this year, but I've been putting this one off. It turns out, it's a lot more fun to write a review about something that I loved than it is to write about something that I found disappointing. I had really been looking forward to this book (for years actually) because I've always loved both the Iliad and the Odyssey and I knew that Hesiod was a famous contemporary of Homer that wrote about the same mythological stories an [...]

    17. In terms of a didactic poem Works and Days has a lot of character. It isn’t tedious, the explaining is eloquent and it gives one a firm background on ancient Greek beliefs. Homer, for example, is enriched in light of this explanation. The explaining of sacrifices (thigh bones wrapped in fat comes from Prometheus) is instructive. I also really liked the description of the different ages of Man. It puts events like the Trojan War in a greater perspective. It should be said that this perspective [...]

    18. I had to put this one down for months until I got a couple weeks off from work and could read it without falling asleep.The Dover version I got doesn’t include the ‘Catalogue of Women’, which is a shame ‘cause I don’t like gaps in my reads and this one is tied up to ‘The shield of Heracles’. But hey, it was a very affordable edition and it served its purpose, which was introducing me to Hesiod.Reading Hesiod is very similar to reading Homer or maybe Ovid. It’s not necessarily abo [...]

    19. Hesiod1: Hesiod possibly a contemporary of Homer2: "Hesiod definitely belongs to that transitional period when the oral tradition was slowly coming to an end and the written was taking its first, timid steps."Theogony Introduction3: Theogony is partly a cosmogony4: Babylonian Enuma Elish (Apsu, Tiamat, Ea, Marduk); Mahabharata5: Elder Edda and Snorra Edda (Thor, Lokki, Hel, Norns, Yggdrassil, Ragnarok)5-6: breakdown of the Theogony: invocation to Muses, first beings and their progeny; Ouranos an [...]

    20. A self-help book before the genre was invented, Hesiod's "Works and Days" was first assigned to me in college by a philosophy professor who was very interested in the topic of work. At that time, I found Hesiod boring and didn't finish the reading. Revisiting "Works and Days" at the age of 32, I find it to be a trove of practical wisdom. Contained within is timeless advice for the male Boetian farmer and sailor that somehow still retains relevance for the contemporary female Seattleite. Some gem [...]

    21. 3.5/5Siempre es difícil ponerle estrellas a un libro conformado por varios relatos, porque no todos te gustan igual. En fin, sobre Hesíodo sólo tengo que decir que gracias por ordenar la mitología <3Los trabajos y los días: Básicamente Hesíodo dándole consejos a su hermano Perses sobre la vida de un campesino normal de la Grecia del siglo ¿VIII? ¿VII? a.C. Obvs si no sabes mucho del contexto histórico, resulta un poco aburrida. 3/5Teogonía: Un compendio de los dioses, el inicio de [...]

    22. I enjoyed this translation of Hesiod's poems. The Theogony was very chaotic and at times you would have to slog through the long lists of names, but there was much imagery that the mind could latch on to. The descriptions of some of the battles for supremecy of Zeus were especially nice. The Work and Days was a great, down to earth poem. One which on many levels I could identify with. There were many moments that it reminded me greatly of the Havamal from the Poetic Edda. The notes for both of t [...]

    23. I was perusing a local bookstore for a book, (oddly referred to as historical fiction) for a book club a friend begged me to attend this month, and the owner asked me if I would be interested in some various older classical texts. I picked up four, the only one in English was this 1959 edition.but it is a gem.Lattimore has his critics but I always enjoy his fluidity of style. He is an excellent scholar and a keen judge of meaning, despite what others interpret as a sometimes looseness of transla [...]

    24. As far as 8th century poets go, Hesiod isn't in the same league as Homer. He's bogged down with his own prejudices and animosities, and his language just isn't that interesting. Works and Days is sort of a farming manual/self-help guide for 8th c. Greece, with what I assume was common sense for the time and banal insights into human behavior (I imagined Polonius giving an extra long address to his son as I read it.) The Theogony attempts to set out the family relationships between the gods and T [...]

    25. Esta obra (los tres libros) me pareció buena desde diferentes puntos de vista.Desde el épico-mitológico informativo: la genealogía de los dioses me sirvió para ubicarme en la mitología, y la descripción del averno y de los mares me pareció maravillosa.Desde el punto de vista moral y cultural, "los trabajos y los días" es una obra llamativa. Sucintamente recomienda a su hermano Perses varias formas de proceder en el trabajo, en la ética y en la vida social.El escudo de Heracles narra un [...]

    26. I thought I'd class things up with a little Ancient Greek poetry, ya'll. I read Works and Days, and am saving the other two poems for later. Works and Days is addressed to Hesiod's estranged brother (who apparently cheated him out of his inheritance after their father died). After setting things up with an overview of the Gods and Justice, Hesiod lays out how to be a good man, a successful farmer, and some specifics of lucky and unlucky days on the calendar. Works and Days doesn't have the narra [...]

    27. Hesiod's stories about the Shield of Herakles, Theogony, and Work and Day are underestimated. The most famous myth of the Greek come from Homer with his Iliad and Odessey. Hesiod write in the same way, using the Homer style, but his stories are less narative. The most important part concerning mythical storiesis the Theogony in which Hesiod draw a complete genealogy of the Greek gods and godesses from the creation of the world up to Hesiod's days.The translation is a bit old fashioned, but reada [...]

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