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Hesiod’s Works and Days: How to Teach Self-Sufficiency

Lilah Grace Canevaro

Abstract

This book argues that the structure of Hesiod's Works and Days and the modes of reading the poem which it encourages reflect the interplay between self-sufficiency – Hesiod2019s Iron Age ideal – and the very point of didactic literature. It considers Hesiod's didactic method from two perspectives: in terms of the gaps he leaves, and of how he challenges his audience to fill them. It places the Works and Days within a wider context, showing how it draws on and contributes to a tradition of usefulness. Hesiod's Works and Days was performed in its entirety, but was also relentlessly excerpted, qu ... More

Keywords: Homer, Certamen, Catalogue of Women, authorial intention, Iron Age, self-sufficiency, didactic purpose, Vita Aesopi, Aristotle, Thucydides, Herodotus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729549.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lilah Grace Canevaro, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Classics, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh