Shepherd, farmer, poet, sophist: Hesiod on his own reception

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This chapter argues that Hesiod shapes the history of his own reception by way of an elaborate biographical narrative, leading his readers from a conception of knowledge as Muse-inspired poetry in the Theogony, to one that centres on the human world and which must be acquired through reflection and personal experience, in the Works and Days. This vision of intellectual progress informed the reception of Hesiod in classical Athens, and may also have had a role in the wider intellectual developments of the 5th and 4th centuries BC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlato and Hesiod
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191717130
ISBN (Print)9780199236343
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Hesiod
  • Reception
  • Theogony
  • Works and days


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