Works and Days: A Translation and Commentary for the Social Sciences (Hardback)
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Short Description for Works and Days This text is an annotated translation of Hesiod's "Work and Days". The work deals with agricultural practices and society in general. It also offers insights into Greek mythology and religion, and sheds light on economic history.
- Published: 01 October 1997
- Format: Hardback 100 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520203839 ISBN 10: 0520203836
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This new, annotated translation of Hesiod's "Works and Days" is a collaboration between David W. Tandy, a classicist, and Walter Neale, an economist and economic historian. Hesiod was an ancient Greek poet whose "Works and Days" discusses agricultural practices and society in general. Classicists and ancient historians have turned to "Works and Days" for its insights on Greek mythology and religion. The poem also sheds light on economic history and ancient agriculture, and is a good resource for social scientists interested in these areas. This translation emphasizes the activities and problems of a practicing agriculturist as well as the larger, changing political and economic institutions of the early archaic period. The authors provide a clear, accurate translation along with notes aimed at a broad audience. The introductory essay discusses the changing economic, political and trading world of the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E., while the notes present the range and possible meanings of important Greek terms and references in the poem and highlight areas of ambiguity in our understanding of "Works and Days."