Works and Days

The Works and Days (Ancient Greek: Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι, Erga kai Hēmerai) is a didactic poem of some 800 verses written by the ancient Greek poet Hesiod around 700 BC. At its center, the Works and Days is a farmer's almanac in which Hesiod instructs his brother Perses in the agricultural arts. Scholars have seen this work against a background of agrarian crisis in mainland Greece, which inspired a wave of colonial expeditions in search of new land. In the poem Hesiod also offers his brother extensive moralizing advice on how he should live his life. The Works and Days is perhaps best known for its two mythological aetiologies for the toil and pain that define the human condition: the story of Prometheus and Pandora, and the so-called Myth of Five Ages.

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... (1983), Hesiod Theogony, Works and days, Shield, Baltimore, ISBN 0-8018-2998-4 ... (1993), Hesiod Works Days, Theogony, Indianapoli, ISBN 0-87220-179-1 ... (1996), Works and Days a translation and commentary for the social sciences, Berkeley, ISBN 0-520-20383-6 Most, G.W ...

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