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Unformatted text preview: CLAS 131 Notes 5 Day 6 9/8/10 The Nature of the Gods Hesoid, Theogony What is the overall structure? **What was Hesoid’s purpose in composing it? Think about:- Where did Hesiod get his material and how did he shape it?- How does the poem begin and how does it end? What is the significance of the key episodes? A possible thesis: ‘to organize and synthesize a wide range of traditional stories into a coherent account of how the present cosmic order, under the rule of the all-wise Zeus, came into existence’ Hesiod: Identity and Date Ancient Greece regarded Hesiod as one of their earliest and most important poets. Information from his poems:- Works and Days 699-710: father a sailor in the Greek city of Kyme (Aeolis, Aegean coast of modern Turkey), gave it up to settle as a farmer in Askra near Mount Helikon (Boeotia, central Greece)- Theogony 23-24: the Muses taught ‘Hesiod the art of singing verse while he pastured his lambs on holy Helikon’s slopes’- Works and Days 720-730: performed in a song contest at funeral games at Khalkis (Euboea, central Greece) and won first place Modern scholars usually date to c. 700 BCE Why don’t we know more about him?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07