Playing Hesiod: The 'Myth of the Races' in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge Classical Studies)

Playing Hesiod: The 'Myth of the Races' in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge Classical Studies)

Helen Van Noorden


This publication deals a brand new description of the importance of Hesiod's 'myth of the races' for old Greek and Roman authors, displaying how the main designated responses to this tale move a long way past nostalgia for a misplaced 'Golden' age or wish of its go back. via a sequence of shut readings, it argues that key authors from Plato to Juvenal rewrite the tale to reconstruct 'Hesiod' extra commonly as predecessor in forming their very own highbrow and rhetorical initiatives; disciplines resembling philosophy, didactic poetry and satire all have interaction in implicit questions about 'Hesiodic' instructing. the 1st bankruptcy introduces key concerns; the second one re-evaluates the account in Hesiod's Works and Days. an enormous bankruptcy outlines Plato's use of Hesiod via shut examine of the Protagoras, Republic and Statesman. next chapters specialize in Aratus' Phaenomena and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the ultimate bankruptcy, at the Octavia attributed to Seneca and Juvenal's 6th Satire, broadens principles of Hesiod's reception in Rome.

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