Chapter

Persuading Perses

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/9780520236585.003.0006
Persuading Perses

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This chapter considers Works and Days as a piece of persuasion. It also explores the idea that Hesiod builds up over the course of Works and Days a powerful appeal for the independence of Ascra as he strives to persuade Perses not to turn to the kings. The rhetorical purpose of Works and Days is clearly expressed in the passage initiating the transition from the series of harangues composing the first major segment of the poem to the agricultural calendar that is its heart. Hesiod's concern with the city is triggered by Perses' threat to resort to the kings of Thespiae for a settlement of their quarrel. The spatial boundary conjured up in the poetry of Works and Days stands as a both a bulwark and a monument for the man of kudos and aretē.

Keywords: Perses; Works and Days; Hesiod; Ascra; kudos; aretē; Thespiae

Chapter.  3776 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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