Hesiod describes himself as a Boeotian shepherd who heard the Muses call upon him to sing about the gods. His exact dates are unknown, but he has often been considered a younger contemporary of Homer. This volume of the new Loeb Classical Library edition offers a general introduction, a fluid translation facing an improved Greek text of Hesiod's two extant poems, and a generous selection of testimonia from a wide variety of ancient sources regarding Hesiod's life, works, and reception.
In Theogony Hesiod charts the history of the divine world, narrating the origin of the universe and the rise of the gods, from first beginnings to the triumph of Zeus, and reporting on the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal men. In Works and Days Hesiod shifts his attention to the world of men, delivering moral precepts and practical advice regarding agriculture, navigation, and many other matters; along the way he gives us the myths of Pandora and of the Golden, Silver, and other Races of Men.
Hardback published in 2007 by Harvard University Press in Good condition. Binding sound and pages clean and unmarked. Green boards with title in gilt lettering on spine. Very slight bumping at corners at top and bottom of spine and very slight wear at corners of covers. The very bottom corner of the first 30 pages approximately is slightly bent. The dustjacket is in Good condition, has some creasing and signs of wear at the corners, edges and top and bottom of the spine but is otherwise clean. There are two tiny black dots on the side edge of the book. Inside the pages show no markings as does the spine, really the book does not appear to have been read.