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

Lilah Grace Canevaro


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


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