Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Just a reminder that Wikipedia, the open encyclopedia built and edited by networked volunteers, is a superb online resource to supplement reading Hesiod, as well as many other classical works.

Here for example are links to a few worthwhile entries: Titan, Ouranos, Olympians, Typhon. Here's an interesting entry covering 4th Century BC.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Zeus as a child

Another image from a page of scenes from the Theogony.

A Roman decorative frieze from the period of Augustus (31 BCE - 14 CE), from Gaul, it shows Zeus being suckled by Rhea on Crete, with the Curetes clanging their shields above him, to keep Kronos from hearing him cry.

Curetes originally were vegetation demons on Crete.

Hesiod Illustrated

Attic red-figure Krater (mixing bowl), from Sicily, ca460 BCE. Kronos, on the far left, receives the stone wrapped in swaddling clothes from Rhea, immediately in front of him.

The image above comes from a fascinating page of ancient illustrations of scenes from Hesiod. Do have a look.

Monday, October 10, 2005

More Hesiod links

A couple more links to Hesiod resources (please see the preceding post for more):

All page or line references will be to the Penguin Classics text, Hesiod and Theognis, trans. Dorothea Wender.

A simple outline of the Theogony, with some study questions. Scroll down on the same page, and you'll find a similar outline for the Works and Days.

A very detailed outline of the Theogony.

Hugh G. Evelyn-White's 1914 prose translation of the poem.