Hesiod and Theognis

Hesiod and Theognis


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Together these two poets-Hesiod, the epic poet, and Theognis, the elegist-offer a superb introduction to the life and thought of ancient Greece.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140442830
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1976
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 527,479
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Very little is known about Hesiod and it cannot definitely be proved that the same man wrote both the Theogony and Works and Days. He probably lived in the eighth century BC (contemporary with Homer) in Boeotia on the Greek mainland.

Theognis lived and wrote chiefly in the sixth century BC. He came from Megara, probably the one on the Greek mainland, and was an aristocrat. There was a popular revolution, in which he lost his status and possibly his money. He appears to have been exiled and might have moved to Megara in Sicily. He had a friend called Kurnos, the son of Polypaos, an aristocrat like himself. to whom he wrote numerous poems.

Dorothea Schmidt Wender was born in 1934 in Ohio and graduated from Radcliffe College, and then went to the University of Minnesota and Harvard University. She has been Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Classics at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. Her publications include book reviews and scholarly articles.

Table of Contents

Theology and Works and Days; ElegiesHESIOD
Works and Days


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Hesiod and Theognis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BilllieS More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone interested in or studying mythology. Its importance lies in Hesiod's clear delineation of the mythological family tree in Theogony. Hesiod's works are referred to again and again by those who write about mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago