By Richard Hunter
This e-book selects imperative texts illustrating the literary reception of Hesiod's Works and Days in antiquity and considers how those moments have been an important in fashioning the belief of 'didactic literature'. A valuable bankruptcy considers the improvement of historical principles approximately didactic poetry, depending no longer lots on specific severe idea as on how Hesiod was once learn and used from the earliest interval of reception onwards. different chapters ponder Hesiodic reception within the archaic poetry of Alcaeus and Simonides, within the classical prose of Plato, Xenophon and Isocrates, within the Aesopic culture, and within the imperial prose of Dio Chrysostom and Lucian; there's additionally a groundbreaking research of Plutarch's large observation at the Works and Days and an account of old rules of Hesiod's linguistic type. this can be a significant and leading edge contribution to the examine of Hesiod's amazing poem and to the Greek literary engagement with the prior.
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Extra resources for Hesiodic Voices: Studies in the Ancient Reception of Hesiod's Works and Days
Cf. the explicit naming of Tyrtaeus on GVI 749 = Tyrtaeus, T 9 Gerber (3rd cent. bc): the dead Timocritus ‘preserving (φυλάσσων) in his heart the Spartan utterance of Tyrtaeus, chose courage over life’; in both his poetry and its reception, Tyrtaeus is much the most ‘didactic’ of the archaic elegists. 43 A didactic poem? characters offer patterns and ‘lessons’ by which we can shape our lives, patterns which, as Plato knew only too well, encourage and challenge imitation, whereas Hesiod explicitly (‘didactically’) prescribed how we are to live our moral and social lives.
50 this reworking calls attention to the crucial relationship between the subject-matter of the Aitia and that of Hesiod’s Theogony, as well perhaps as to that between the form of the Aitia and that of Hesiod’s Catalogue of Women, but it is also true that the Aitia goes very far beyond the subjectrange of these invoked archaic models. The past, then, is appropriated and made appropriate to new forms, not rejected. In the Georgics we see Hesiod standing at the head of, and being incorporated into, a very rich literary heritage.
Above p. 4) that Hesiod’s ‘quotability’ meant that ancient readers had a great deal to keep them interested, without too much bother about structural coherence or what sort of a poem the Works and Days actually is. The danger in this approach through ancient reception arises, of course, from the very same source. L. , Rossi 1997). 33 Reading Hesiod with a much more even texture and fewer serious problems than there actually are; it may well be that a detailed commentary is the most appropriate form in which to tackle those problems.