Hesiod: Shield Catalogue of Women, Other Fragments v. 2
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Hesiod: Shield Catalogue of Women, Other Fragments v. 2

By (author) Hesiod , Edited by Glenn W. Most

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This volume, which completes the new "Loeb Classical Library" edition of Hesiod, contains "The Shield" and extant fragments of other poems, including the "Catalogue of Women", that were attributed to Hesiod in antiquity. None of these is now thought to be by Hesiod himself, but all have considerable literary and historical interest. "The Catalogue of Women" is a systematic presentation in five books of a large number of Greek legendary heroes and episodes, organized according to the genealogy of the heroes' mortal mothers. "The Shield" provides a Hesiodic counterpoint to the shield of Achilles in the "Iliad", with Heracles as the protagonist. The volume concludes with a comprehensive index to the complete edition.

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 106.7 x 165.1 x 30.5mm | 317.52g
  • 13 Mar 2007
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • English, Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • 0674996232
  • 9780674996236
  • 220,523

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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" (09/10/2007)

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