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Essay for Midterm - Hesiod's poem concerning his brother...

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Hesiod’s poem concerning his brother Perses is a piece of textual evidence that strongly shows what it was like to be a man in ancient Greece. Hesiod aptly states what was expected of men when he tells his brother, “ Work , you fool Perses. Work the work the gods laid out for men, or you’ll eat your heart out.” Each man was expected to provide for himself and his family. Men were expected to provide for their families by working their land and make their own living because it was not good to rely on other people. After awhile friends and neighbors will turn you away once you have made a nuisance of yourself and you will be left with nothing. Furthermore, food provided by the sweat of a man’s brow and his own toil was one of the most pleasing things that could be done in the eyes of the Demeter, the god of mother earth. Men were supposed to be strong people; supporters of their families in all times and in all ways. Hesiod’s chides his brother perses and tells him that it is important to have the right attitude about his work. The kouroi statues are material and tangible pieces of evidence that exemplifies what the quintessential Greek man should be like. Men were meant to be glorious in their full
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