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Introduction

Anthony T. Edwards

in Hesiod's Ascra

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236585
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236585.003.0001
Introduction

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Works and Days presents a double social dynamic. The Ascra of Works and Days represents a much less complex form of community than Homer's polis. The two essentially congruent approaches to Works and Days merge the pair of contrasting terms. It is suggested that at the heart of the present inquiry lies the question of which opposition is dominant in Works and Days: that between village and city or that between prosperous and poor. To speak of “Hesiod” is to speak of at least two different phenomena. One is the historical poet who composed Works and Days, and the other is the persona of the poem, the voice that emerges from the fabric of the poem's verses, a textual effect, not a real person. Hesiod has regularly been summoned as a witness to how that transition took place.

Keywords: Works and Days; Ascra; Homer; Hesiod; village; city; prosperous; poor

Chapter.  13339 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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