What Really Happened on Helikon: A Political Reading of Hesiod

The cultural and specifically political functions that various sub-forms of early Greek hexameter poetry performed in the 8th-6th centuries BCE remain clouded in uncertainty. In this talk, I will offer a speculative reading of different parts of Hesiod’s transmitted corpus, considered in relation to the “Homeric” epic poems, with the goal of clarifying its oddly heterogeneous composition, the startling prominence of the speaking persona in the Theogony, and the pseudo-biographism of the Works and Days. The key to the new interpretation is found in the suture between the two proems to the Muses that open the Theogony.   

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