Hesiod, who lived in Boetia within the overdue 8th century BC, is likely one of the oldest identified, and probably the oldest of Greek poets. His Theogony features a systematic family tree of the gods from the start of the realm and an account of the struggles of the Titans. against this, Works and Days is a compendium of ethical and useful recommendation on husbandry, and throws precise and interesting gentle on archaic Greek society. in addition to providing the earliest recognized assets for the myths of Pandora, Prometheus and the Golden Age, Hesiod's poetry offers a priceless account of the ethics and superstitions of the society during which he lived. in contrast to Homer, Hesiod writes approximately himself and his relatives, and he would be the first character in eu literature. This new translation, via a number one specialist at the Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with clarity. it's followed through an creation and explanatory notes.
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