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In this new translation of Hesiod, Barry B. Powell gives an accessible, modern verse rendering of these vibrant texts, essential to an understanding of early Greek myth and society. With stunning color images that help bring to life the contents of the poems and notes that explicate complex passages, Powell’s fresh renditions provide an exciting introduction to the culture of the ancient Greeks.
This is the definitive translation and guide for students and readers looking to experience the poetry of Hesiod, who ranks alongside Homer as an influential poet of Greek antiquity.
Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet; Classical Myth; Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization; and many other books.
”Barry Powell, known for his powerful translations of Homer, now brings to life the epics of Hesiod, the second giant of early Greek literature. Powell's accurate but sparkling English renditions make this book the ideal place to begin reading Hesiod’s timeless classics.”—Ian Morris, Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University
”Powell’s translation is fresh, rich, and nuanced but never arcane or difficult to follow. Perfect for undergraduate students and anyone who loves Greek epic poetry.”—Carolina Lopez-Ruiz, Associate Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University
”An exciting and most welcome new translation, enriched with illuminating introductions, well-drawn maps, a substantial body of notes, a glossary, indices, explanatory charts, and numerous colorful illustrations.”—Silvia Montiglio, Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University