Theogony and Works and Days (Oxford World's Classics)
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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 genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of the struggles of the Titans. 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. As well as offering the earliest known sources for the myths of Pandora, Prometheus and the Golden Age, Hesiod's poetry provides a valuable account of the ethics and superstitions of the society in which he lived. Unlike Homer, Hesiod writes about himself and his family, and he stands out as the first personality in European literature. This new translation, by a leading expert on the Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with readability. It is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory notes.
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only with the Hundred-Handers could they carry off the victory, and win wide fame. Seeing the Light; or, The Force Multiplier Effect They had been fighting for much too long. A painfully competitive labor it was, the war between the gods known as the Titans, and those born of Cronus, the Olympians.  Between these two sides, the mighty battle continued to rage. Wondrous were the Titans, with their headquarters high up on Mount Othrys. But camped on Mount Olympus were the gods,
her in the fifth, when she’s eighteen. Be sure to marry a virgin, a girl open to being schooled in proper behavior. Indeed, the type you want is “the girl who lives next door.” But you’re not getting  married to gratify your neighbors. So scour the neighborhood for just the right girl. There’s no better prize won by a man than a wife, as long as she’s a good wife. If not? Then there’s nothing worse than a bad wife. A bad wife is a parasite. She’ll eat her man raw. She needs no
excellent for doing work, hard work like shearing sheep or bringing in the fruits of the harvest.  But of these two, the twelfth day is naturally better than the eleventh day. On it you will see the spider swinging in the air and spinning her web in a full day’s work. You will also see the wise ant heaping up her pile. It’s a perfect day, then, for a woman to set up her loom and get on with her work. Avoid sowing on the thirteenth day in the first phase of the month,  when
Voegelin, “Hesiod,” chap. 5 in Collected Works, vol. 15, Order and History: Volume II: The World of the Polis (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 195–200. Reprinted with permission of University of Missouri Press. The creation of philosophy as a symbolic form is the achievement of Hellas. The new form begins to disengage itself from the myth, toward the end of the eighth century, in the work of Hesiod inasmuch as in his Theogony the myth is submitted to a conscious intellectual
now enkindled, Zeus the cloud gatherer spoke out: “Son of Iapetus, you know stratagems like no one else, but yet, noble sir, the skillful ruse has not yet been played out to its finish.”  So spoke Zeus, whose stratagems never end, as he would let the anger, taken up, unwind. The Fire of Retaliation From that moment on, Zeus, aflame, kept memory of the ruse in mind. He would not grant the power of ever-dancing fire to strike, in lightning, the ash trees. That would benefit humans,