What is the role of Hesiod’s poetry in the beginnings of Greek philosophy? This book explores the question by going beyond the traditional responses that stress either continuities or discontinuities between myth and philosophy. Instead, this volume attempts a reflexive or response-oriented approach, that highlights the active re-appropriation and renewal of Hesiodic thought by the Presocratic philosophers. Its fifteen contributions offer large scale comparisons, historiographical considerations, thematic and generic approaches, and detailed case studies.
Leopoldo Iribarren, Ph.D (2009), EHESS, is Associate Professor at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris). He has published monographs, translations and articles on early Greek thought and modern philosophy. His most recent book is Fabriquer le monde: technique et cosmogonie dans la poésie grecque archaïque (Classiques Garnier, 2018).
Hugo Koning, Ph.D. (2010), Leiden University, is a teacher of Greek at Leiden University. He publishes on Hesiod, reception studies and mythology. He is the author of Hesiod: The Other Poet. Ancient Reception of a Cultural Icon (Brill, 2010).
Contributors are: Ilaria Andolfi, Xavier Gheerbrant, Richard Hunter, Pierre Judet de La Combe, André Laks, Tom Mackenzie, Kathryn Morgan , Glenn W. Most, Valeria Piano, Marco Antonio Santamaría, Sandra Šćepanović, Stephen Scully, Jenny Strauss Clay, Shaul Tor, Athanassios Vergados.
Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
Introduction Leopoldo Iribarren and Hugo Koning
Part 1 Reflections on Hesiod’s Poetry and the Beginnings of Philosophy
1 On Naming the Origins: Hesiod vs. the Ionians
2 Aristotelian Perspectives on Hesiod: A Programmatic Sketch André Laks
3 Hesiod and the Presocratics: A Hellenistic Perspective? Richard Hunter
Part 2 Comparisons of Form and Genre
4 Hesiod, the Presocratic Poets, Aristeas, Epimenides and the Gold Tablets: Genre and Narrative Tom Mackenzie
5 The World of the Catalogue Glenn W. Most
6 A Grammar of Self-Referential Statements: Claims for Authority from Hesiod to the Presocratics Ilaria Andolfi
Part 3 Contrasting Worldviews
7 Thinking about Time and Eternity—From Hesiod and the Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle Sandra Šćepanović
8 δίκη in Hesiod, Anaximander and Heraclitus Stephen Scully
9 Xenophanes’ Rejection of Theogony Shaul Tor
10 Hesiod Reads Empedocles Jenny Strauss Clay
Part 4 Intertextuality and Continuity
11 Parmenides and the Language of Constraint Kathryn Morgan
12 Hesiod and Some Linguistic Approaches of the 5th Centure BCE Athanassios Vergados
13 Addressees, Knowledge, and Action in Hesiod and Empedocles Xavier Gheerbrant
14 Divine Crime and Punishment: Breaking the Cosmic Law in Hesiod’s Theogony 783–806 and Empedocles’ Fragment DK B115 Marco Antonio Santamaría
15 From Humans to Kosmos: Daimones in the Derveni Papyrus between Hesiod and Plato Valeria Piano
General Index Index Locorum
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