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Oxford Handbook of Hesiod (Alexander Loney) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780190209032
Oxford Handbook of Hesiod (Alexander Loney) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780190209032
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Title: Oxford Handbook of Hesiod

Author: Loney, Alexander

Additional Authors or Contributors: Stephen Scully (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780190209032

Volumes: 1; Pages: 552

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This volume brings together 29 junior and senior scholars to discuss aspects of Hesiod's poetry and its milieu and to explore questions of reception over two and half millennia from shortly after the poems' conception to Twitter hashtags. Rather than an exhaustive study of Hesiodic themes, the Handbook is conceived as a guide through terrain, some familiar, other less charted, examining both Hesiodic craft and later engagements with Hesiod's stories of the gods and moralizing proscriptions of just human behavior.

The volume opens with the "Hesiodic Question," to address questions of authorship, historicity, and the nature of composition of Hesiod's two major poems, the Theogony and Works and Days. Subsequent chapters on the archaeology and economic history of archaic Boiotia, Indo-European poetics, and Hesiodic style offer a critical picture of the sorts of questions that have been asked rather than an attempt to resolve debate. Other chapters discuss Hesiod's particular rendering of the supernatural and the performative nature of the Works and Days, as well as competing diachronic and synchronic temporalities and varying portrayals of female in the two poems.

The rich story of reception ranges from Solon to comic books. These chapters continue to explore the nature of Hesiod's poetics, as different writers through time single out new aspects of his art less evident to earlier readers. Long before the advent of Christianity, classical writers leveled their criticism at Hesiod's version of polytheism. The relative importance of Hesiod's two major poems across time also tells us a tale of the age receiving the poems. In the past two centuries, artists and writers have come to embrace the Hesiodic stories for themselves for the insight they offer of the human condition but even as old allegory looks quaint to modern eyes new forms of allegory take form.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction, Stephen Scully and Alexander C. Loney

PART I: Hesiod in Context

2 The Hesiodic Question, Hugo H. Koning

3 Seventh Century Material Culture in Boiotia, Stephanie Larson

4 In Hesiod's World, David W. Tandy

5 The Pre-history and Analogs of Hesiod's Poetry, Joshua T. Katz

PART II: Hesiod's Art

6 Hesiodic Poetics, Stephen Scully

7 Hesiod's Theogony and the Structures of Poetry, Benjamin Sammons

8 Hesiod's Temporalities, Alexander C. Loney

9 Hesiodic Theology, Richard P. Martin

10 Hesiod in Performance, Egbert J. Bakker

11 Hesiod's Rhetoric of Exhortation, Jos� M. Gonz�lez

12 Gender in Hesiod: A Poetics of the Powerless, Suzanne Lye

PART III: Hesiod in the Greco-Roman Period

13 Solon's Reception of Hesiod's Works and Days, J. A. Almeida

14 The Reception of Hesiod by the Early Presocratics, Mitchell Miller

15 Deviant Origins: Hesiod's Theogony and the Orphica, Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

16 Hesiod and the Visual Arts, H. A. Shapiro

17 Hesiod and Pindar, Tom Phillips

18 Hesiod and Tragedy, Alan H. Sommerstein

19 Hesiod and Comedy, Jeffrey Henderson

20 Plato's Hesiod, Marcus Folch

21 Hellenistic Hesiod, Lilah Grace Canevaro

22 Hesiod from Aristotle to Posidonius, David Conan Wolfsdorf

23 Hesiod, Virgil, and the Georgic Tradition, Stephanie Nelson

24 Ovid's Hesiodic Voices, Ioannis Ziogas

25 Hesiod Transformed, Parodied and Assaulted: Hesiod in the Second Sophistic and Early Christian Thought

Helen Van Noorden

PART IV: Hesiod from Byzantinum to Modern Times

26 Hesiod in the Byzantine and Early Renaissance Periods, Niccolo Zorzi

27 Hesiod and Christian Humanism, 1471-1667, Jessica Wolfe

28 Hesiod in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Adam Lecznar

29 Theorizing with Hesiod: Freudian Constructs and Structuralism, Stephen Scully and Charles Stocking

30 The Reception of Hesiod in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Thomas E. Jenkins

Index Locorum

General Index

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