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Playing Hesiod: The Myth of the Races in Classical Antiquity Helen Van Noorden

Playing Hesiod: The Myth of the Races in Classical Antiquity

Helen Van Noorden

Published December 31st 2014
ISBN : 9780521760812
Hardcover
360 pages
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This book offers a new description of the significance of Hesiods myth of the races for ancient Greek and Roman authors, showing how the most detailed responses to this story go far beyond nostalgia for a lost Golden age or hope of its return.MoreThis book offers a new description of the significance of Hesiods myth of the races for ancient Greek and Roman authors, showing how the most detailed responses to this story go far beyond nostalgia for a lost Golden age or hope of its return. Through a series of close readings, it argues that key authors from Plato to Juvenal rewrite the story to reconstruct Hesiod more broadly as predecessor in forming their own intellectual and rhetorical projects- disciplines such as philosophy, didactic poetry and satire all engage in implicit questions about Hesiodic teaching. The first chapter introduces key issues- the second re-evaluates the account in Hesiods Works and Days. A major chapter outlines Platos use of Hesiod through close study of the Protagoras, Republic and Statesman. Subsequent chapters focus on Aratus Phaenomena and Ovids Metamorphoses- the final chapter, on the Octavia attributed to Seneca and Juvenals sixth Satire, broadens ideas of Hesiods reception in Rome.