Theogony and Works and Days. Hesiod Translated with Introduction and Notes by M. L. West. Oxford World’s Classics. A new, fully-annotated. Hesiod, who lived in Boetia in the late eighth century BC, is one of the oldest known, and possibly the oldest of Greek poets. His Theogony contains a systematic. THE CLASSICAL REVIEW. journey to Hades. He also shows how in both the tales there is allusion to the potential danger of eating the local food when the.

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Added to PP index Total downloads m.k.westof 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Classics in Arts and Humanities categorize this paper. From it appeared the androgynous god Phanesidentified by the Orphics as Eros, who becomes the creator of the world.

Edited with Introduction and Commentary by E. Only her son Cronus, the youngest Titan, was willing to do so. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat Selected Dialogues Lucian, C. Thales 7th — 6th century BCthe first Greek philosopher, claimed that the first principle of all things is water. The world began with the spontaneous generation of four beings: This article has no associated abstract.

Venusthe Morning Starand the Stars. Meanwhile, Nyx Night alone produced children: Hesiod’s Theogony is a large-scale synthesis of a vast variety of local Greek traditions concerning the gods, organized as a narrative that tells how they came to be and how they established permanent control over the Cosmos. In contrast, Works and Days is a compendium of moral and practical advice on husbandry, and throws unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society.


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Theogony and Works and Days – Hesiod – Oxford University Press

Norse mythology also describes Ginnungagap as the primordial abyss from which sprang the first living creatures, including the giant Ymir whose body eventually became the world, whose blood became the seas, and so on; another version describes the origin of the world as a result of the fiery and cold parts of Hel colliding.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Gaia also mated with Tartarus to produce Typhon[48] whom Echidna married, producing several monstrous descendants.

In the tenth year of the war, following Gaia’s counsel, Zeus released the Hecatoncheireswho joined the war against the Titans, allowing Zeus to gain the upper hand. It must quickly establish itself as the translation for English-speaking readers.

Kitto – – The Classical Review 60 An edition with a stimulating Introduction, a very readable translation. Then came Gaia EarthTartarus the cave-like space under the earth; the later-born Erebus is the darkness in this space m.l.wesst, and Eros representing sexual desire – the urge to reproduce – instead of the emotion of love as is the common misconception.


But Prometheus stole fire inside a fennel stalk, and gave it to humanity. West Oxford World’s Classics. By contrast, in the Orphic cosmogony the unaging Chronos produced Aether and Chaos and made a silvery egg in divine Aether.


Zeus married seven wives. Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary.

Some similar ideas appear in the Vedic and Hindu cosmologies. The decipherment of Hittite mythical texts, notably the Kingship in Heaven text first presented inwith its castration mytheme, offers in the figure of Kumarbi an Anatolian parallel to Hesiod’s Uranus-Cronus conflict.

Zeus then released his uncles the Cyclopes, who provided Zeus with his great weapons, the thunderbolts. Zeus’ seventh and final wife was his sister Herathe mother by Zeus of HebeAresand Eileithyia.

Theogony and Works and Days

Academic Skip to main content. Zeus cast the fury of his thunderbolts at the Titans, defeating them and throwing them into Tartarus.

March – – The Classical Review 39 Zeus and the mortal Semeledaughter of Harmonia and Cadmusthe founder and first king of Thebesproduced Dionysuswho married Ariadnedaughter of Minosking of Crete.