Ancient Greece Feb 11 Exam 2

Ancient Greece Feb 11 Exam 2 - Ancient Greece HESIOD Feb 11...

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Ancient Greece Feb 11 Exam 2 HESIOD Hesiod of Ascra (ca. 735-700) Very different from Homer Similar: beard Hesiod has a staff and lambs   shepherd o Emphasizes in the Theogony Greek art  emphasizes him as a shepherd Shepherd = simple life; what the common man believes and thinks From mainland Greece o 1 st  and only of the only ancient Greece writers From Ascra o Hilly and rough area in central Greece Writes in the same meter as Homer o Dactylic hexameter  Not what we call epic poetry o Called didactic poetry Poetry meant to teach something; poetry that you are suppose to learn  something from Don’t confuse with dactylic hexameter Poetic competition o Leaves Ascra to compete in funeral games and wins b/c of poetry o Lots of poetry going around Written text: sixth century BC o Appears to have been composed and recited orally
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o Much shorter poems = easier to memorize than Homeric poems The Theogony (Greek for: birth of the gods) – how the gods came to be Most popular About the birth of the gods Hesiod was the first to write down such a myth Importance of cosmogony o Equivalent to the Book of Genesis in the Bible Theogony: o Provides the people with an idea of who the Greeks are, where they came from, and what they believe in o Cosmogony = birth of the universe, birth of the cosmos Gives Greeks a sense of identity
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