Classics 30 Lecture 5

Classics 30 Lecture 5 - Classics 30 Lecture 5 04/11/07...

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Classics 30 Lecture 5 – 04/11/07 Hesiod, Works and Days o Mankind o Uses “epic meter” at beginning. First line to the muses, second to Zeus o Present Day o Didactic poem – teaching something (farming in this case) o Not really about gods and mythic times and supernatural beings, but teaching man how to farm o Deals a lot with Work Work = fields in Greek (same word) Tilling the land and farming o Eris ( Theo . Pg 41) Strife or competition We naturally compete with one another Can be both a good and a bad thing Ambition o Life is bad o Very depressing poem Myth of Decline o Progression from early elemental to cultured ruler o WD deals with the fact that everything was better in the “olden days” o Things aren’t as good as they used to be “For the gods hide and hold man’s means of life” WD line 42 o We are no longer living in a golden age, earth spontaneously bore fruit “men who work for food” Theo line 512 “uncounted miseries wander among men” WD line 100 “For earlier the tribes of men used to live on the earth/ Free and apart from evils and without hard trouble / And harsh diseases which bring doom to men” WD lines 90-92 WD lines 109-115
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