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Works and Days and Theogony

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"Robert Lamberton's Introduction is an excellent, concise exposition of current scholarly debate: his notes are informative and helpful. . . . Those who want a translation that captures something of the spirit of an ancient Greek poetic voice and its cultural milieu and transmits it in an appealing, lively, and accessible style will now turn to Lombardo." --M. A. Katz, Wes ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published -750)
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Alp Turgut
Jul 31, 2016 Alp Turgut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazılış biçimiyle adeta bir Antik Yunan Kutsal Kitabı niteliğindeki Hesiodos'un "Theogonia - İşler ve Günler / Theogony - Works and Days" eseri Kutsal Kitap'lara yön verdiği her halinden belli olan okunması gereken etkileyici eserlerden biri. "Theogonia"da evrenin ve insanların nasıl meydana geldiğini konu alan Hesiodos, kitabın ikinci bölümü "İşler ve Günler"de iyi bir nasıl olunur ve insanlar günlerini nasıl geçirmedilir gibi kutsal kitaplardaki benzer yapıyla okuyucuya edebiyat tarihiyle ilgi ...more
May 05, 2016 Melora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theogony is on the dullish side. It moves along at a fine, brisk pace, but it's mostly just genealogy, with a few stories interspersed. I can see how it's important, as a sort of “myth central,” but Hesiod is narrowly focused here on names, and parentage, and he's so reverent about “loud-thundering” Zeus that he can list page after page of the women Zeus slept with and the children he sired without ever giving a hint of the dramas or jealousies usually involved in these stories. Zeus comes acros ...more
David Sarkies
Aug 22, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philosophy lovers
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
Advice on living a prosperous life
26 October 2012

Okay, this book is both the Theogony and The Works and Days, but I simply want to write about the Works and Days here simply because I cannot find the book under a single listing (unlike the Theogony). Anyway, this is also the version of Hesiod that I own (though I believe it was given to me by a friend when I studied Classical Studies way back in the mists of history).
The Works and Days is advice on how to live the life of a farmer, and is writ
Mar 25, 2015 Yani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesía, universidad
En primer lugar existió el Caos.

La frase tiene su encanto y me hubiera gustado que el libro mantuviera ese tono. Teogonía es ideal para los amantes de mitología que quieran remitirse a uno de los recuentos más antiguos de los dioses. No se limita a eso: también es un poema sobre el origen del mundo desde una de sus tantas perspectivas. No hay un argumento fijo para reponer. Creo que sería mucho más certera si dijera que esto está conformado por partes temáticas (una cuenta el origen, otra me
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many readers focus on the Theogony, which is the ancient Greeks Creation Story, and which Hesiod articulated masterfully. The descriptions of the battles between Zeus and the Titans made for vivid and stirring oration in the hands of a great speaker, as he boasts that he was by citing his awards. However, I was more intrigued by Works and Days. The advice of Hesiod was, indeed, sagacious: "It is good to take from what is available, but sorrow to the heart to be wanting what is not." And I liked ...more
Apr 08, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The root of written Greek mythology, these epic poems along with Homer's works are the foundation of their creative stories. I was happy to find a written source for these myths and that they thoroughly covered the pantheon in such a short work. Being unaware of Hesiod until a few days ago I had been wondering if the Greek myths were all in fact oral tradition only or if there were an older written source. If I understand properly, though Hesiod is the earliest written account of the myths, his ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Teogonía, que Hesíodo escribió luego de ser inspirado por las Musas mientras pastoreaba su rebaño en el campo es una creación relacionada al origen de los Dioses del Olimpo desde el caos hasta generarse las eras de las cuatro generaciones y a través de un desfile genealógico que parte de Gea, Urano, Cronos y posteriormente Zesus, Poseidón, Hades y luego la llegada del resto de los dioses más Héroes, Titanes, Musas, Pléyades, Nayades, etc., etc., etc.
Lamento no haber leído este libro antes de
Sep 17, 2016 Sinem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M.Ö. 700 lü yıllarda yaşamış, Homeros dan sonra Hellen şiirinin en büyük şairi olarak anılan Hesiodos un ilk eseri "İşler ve Günler" zamanın günlük yaşamı hakkında eğlenceli bir anlatım sunuyor, Perses'e verdiği öğütler ise hala geçerli. İkinci bölümde ise tanrıların yaratılışı anlatılmakta ki Antik Yunan mitolojisine aşina herkesin az çok bildiği hikayeler.. -üst üste biraz fazla okumuş ve yorum yapmış olabilirm bikaç gündür; kendimi durduramamaktayım :( nasıl bi açlıksa doymak bilmiyor :) ..-
Jan 01, 2013 elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, theology
"Theogony" was, quite predictably, utterly dry and boring. Almost every creation story I've read is equally as dry and boring, though the parallels between them all can lend you some amusement as you're reading (assuming you're moderately familiar with multiple creation myths). "Works and Days" was the highlight for me. If nothing else, I loved it because it was so delightfully snarky. Reading as Hesiod continuously tells his brother what a waste of space he is just made me giggle, and is a nice ...more
Chad Gibbons
If you're fascinated by Greek Mythology, don't read a book ABOUT it, read the ACTUAL stuff. Reading Hesiod, Homer, Apollodorus, and Ovid will cover about 90% of everything you'll need.

Theogony itself is dry as dust, but it sets the requisite genealogy and origin stories in place for everything that comes after it.
Mike Anastasia
Jul 17, 2014 Mike Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Theogony, along with The Iliad & Odyssey and The Aeneid represent the three greatest pieces of Classical lore (with regards to historical intentions) in western literature and this is the definitive translation (also see Dr. Fagles') assigned to college students. All three of these stories have taken on lives of their own and have influenced western society in more ways than I could ever convey. Other seminal works include The Oresteia, Oedipus Rex/Antigone, Jason & the Argonauts and ...more
Daniel Chaikin
28. Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod, translated by M. L. West
composition: c ~725 bce
format: 96 page Oxford World Classic Paperback
acquired: July 2015
read: May 23-25
rating: 3 stars

(My first book after Gravity's Rainbow)....Hesiod's two surviving complete texts are very short and, while interesting, I did not find them terribly fascinating. They were maybe a bit light. West translated the work into prose. I would have preferred a poetic translation.

Theogony: Essentially a list, this serve
Jun 09, 2015 Christina-Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, historical
Hesiod is probably the only person who can simultaneously write one of the most famous works in ancient history and, in the process, insult his brother.
But who knows, maybe there are other writers with such skill?

"What have you achieved? Nothing.
So now do you come to me. You've done nothing.
And so I will give you nothing.
One more cup of nothing is all I will loan you,
Perses you dumb child!"

To be fair to Perses, Hesiod was only inventing a situation to show him what would happen if he were to rem
M.G. Bianco
Sep 19, 2012 M.G. Bianco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was not exactly an interesting read. It wasn't boring either, but not interesting.

Hesiod's Theogony is the genesis account of the Greek gods. He basically recounts who begat whom, intermingled with the stories of gods overthrowing gods, and gods (Prometheus, a Titan) aiding and abetting humans against the gods, and the gods responding in kind against the humans (Pandora's jar).

There are some interesting parallels (usually contrasting parallels, though) between Theogony and Genesis. Pet
يزن الحاج
Oct 20, 2016 يزن الحاج rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: شعر
أعمال هسيوذوس: الثيوگونيا والأعمال والأيام

ما نعرفه عن هسيوذوس هو أنّه شاعر ملحميّ إغريقيّ معاصر لهوميروس، لم تصلنا من قصائده سوى ثلاث قصائد هي "الثيوگونيا" (أنساب الآلهة)، "الأعمال والأيام"، و"درع هيراكليس" [هرقل]، وشذرات متفرقة ستكون هي محطتي القادمة في القراءة.
بما أنّ المعلومات شحيحة عن هوميروس، يعتبر كثير من الباحثين أنّ هسيوذوس هو فعليًا أول شاعر عرَّفَ عن نفسه بوضوح. نعرف شيئًا عن حياته، وعن عائلته، وعن الظروف التي كتب فيها أعماله، وهذه التفاصيل ليست متاحةً على الإطلاق في حالة هوميروس.
Chris J
I read only Works and Days from this twin bill. Here, Hesiod tries (no doubt in vain) to instruct his poor bastard brother, Perses, how to keep from being a burden on his fellow man and a complete loser. Hesiod's instructions are largely practical and run the gambit from the sublime ("wealth's better not grabbed but given by the gods") to the mundane (rivers - "don't ever shit in them").

My favorite line is his description of his hometown:

"bad in winter, godawful in summer, nice never."
This was interesting to read but certainly not mind-blowing. I can understand why Hesiod is not very famous. However, I read it because I wanted to read the original Greek myths and that's what I got, so I'm happy.
Oct 26, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as the translation goes, I think M.L. West did a great job. I was particularly impressed with the fact that rather than Chaos, he used the name Chasm. Many translations use the name Chaos because the ancient Greek word LOOKS most like Chaos (χαος). The literal translation does not actually mean disorder though, rather it means empty space, which is where the author gets Chasm.

Theogony: The story being told here is an interesting one. It is the equivalent to Genesis in the Bible. It is the
And I quote: "Do not urinate standing turned towards the sun; and after sunset and until sunrise, bear in mind, do not urinate either on the road or off the road walking, nor uncovered: the nights belong to the blessed ones. The godly man of sound sense does it squatting, or going to the wall of the courtyard enclosure. And when your private parts are stained with semen indoors, do not let them be seen as you go near the hearth-fire, but avoid it."

Hahahahahaha, this is hilarious. In another par
Mohammad Ali

در گام اول باید از ویرایش و ترجمه شکایت کنم. ترجمه گاهی روان نیست و گاهی هم شدیدا حس می کردم که می لنگد. جاهایی هم ظاهرا خطاهای چاپی وجود داشت. خلاصه آنکه برای خریدن پیشنهاد نمی شود - به عبارات درست تر در شأن یک متن کلاسیک نیست. مقالات ابتدایی و انتهایی هم به نظرم از ترجمه لطمه خوردند و گاه و بیگاه ابهام آزاردهنده دارند. اما علی رغم همه ی اینها ترجمه فاجعه نیست و واقعا می شه رساله ها رو خوند

در درجه ی اول "کارها و روزها" رو دوست داشتم، بعد "نبرد غوکها و موشها" و در آخر "تبارنامه ی خدایان" رو. تبا
Aug 21, 2008 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread this anticipating a dry and dull reading experience, irrelevant to my life. It's true that Hesiod's writing is far from what people produce these days -- no New Yorker-esque politically intertextual submessages -- but it's full of beauty nonetheless. I especially like Works and Days, which is a kind of guide to farming and practical work. It's neat to think of Hesiod toiling away with his goats and vinyards and then recording his earthy wisdom with the new skill of writing. And it struc ...more
Read for a course I took in ancient literature way back in college. Interesting to read some of the actual "religion" of the ancient Greeks, as opposed to the fantasy mythology version moderns are familiar with. Zeus is a lot like Yahweh of the Old Testament: sometimes he's all benevolent and wise and a friend of mankind, other times he's a real asshole.
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Sep 16, 2009 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Way more exciting creation myth than Genesis, I tell you whhhat.
Xavier Guillaume
Aug 26, 2015 Xavier Guillaume rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: extreme fans of Greek mythology
I read Theogony and Works and Days in my Greek and Roman Mythology class. I found the birth stories of the Greek gods interesting, but Hesiod's style was unengaging, often feeling like one long run-on sentence.

Theogeny is a Greek epic just like Homer's The Odyssey, but where The Odyssey follows a narrative, Theogony is a spewing of information, lists, and names. Portions of the book feel like you're simply reading the Greek gods phone book as Hesiod lists off the 50 river nymphs, "Protho, Eucran
Anwen Hayward
This is one of those books that are incredibly hard to ascribe a star rating to. Did I enjoy reading it? I mean, there were bits that I enjoyed - the list of superstitions at the end of Works and Days, for example - and there were bits that I had to trudge through like I was wading through soup. Of course, much of that is because I'm coming at this text as a modern reader, used to reading fast paced novels, with nuanced characters and intricate plots. Hesiod, being very much not a modern writer, ...more
Katherine Hurley
I'd recommend this only to the serious mythology or history buff. While the first part (Theogony) has some passages that take the shape of story, the majority of the work reads much like a list. While I didn't mind this, those looking for stories of the gods may feel disappointed. The second part (Works and Days) makes for easier reading and offers an interesting glimpse into the lives and morals of ancient Greeks. It does sometimes go into detail that will make most readers start skimming, but ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
as probably at least a quarter of my "reviews" on goodreads have noted, i am strongly against star ratings. i am especially strongly against it here because the theogony and works and days are among the works i find, like, unrateable. i'm always thinking 'what's the point,' but in this case especially, it's like, really, what's the point? a rating is in some way a casting of your opinion of whether this work deserves to be valued and remembered and read by others, and when you're talking some se ...more
This is a rather odd set of poems for a modern reader, because it is laid out more like prose. Theogeny is an odd poem, because large portions of it read kind of like the genealogical lists in the Bible--x begat y, who begat z, and so on. But then there will be moments of intense actions where Hesiod describes a battle or something in beautiful, moving language.
Works and Days is also an odd poem because it seems like a list of practical instructions for agricultural and mercantile success in anc
Garrett Cash
Hesiod's works were fundamental to Greek culture, but are mostly uninteresting now. I enjoyed giving this a quick read anyway. The most odd part was in Work and Days where Hesiod goes into great detail on where to piss and not piss, and he specifically mentions not to sit in front of the fireplace with your genitals exposed. Gee, I'm sure glad he told me not to do that before it was too late.
Alejandra Rotondaro ferreira
Saqué 17/20 en mi análisis así que lo considero un éxito total. Si mi presentación oral no lo hubiese arruinado sería aún más feliz. Anyway, Hesiodo es Hesiodo, no se puede decir más al respecto, ¿si me entienden? ¿No? ¿No? Me duele el cerebro. No quiero pensar.
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Hesiod, the father of Greek didactic poetry, probably flourished during the 8th century BC. Hesiod's earliest poem, the famous Works and Days, and according to Boeotian testimony the only genuine one, embodies the experiences of his daily life and work, and, interwoven with episodes of fable, allegory, and personal history, forms a sort of Boeotian shepherd's calendar. The other poem attributed to ...more
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