Brill's Companion to Hesiod


This is the first full-scale companion on Hesiod to appear in English. The twelve contributions included in this volume cover a wide range of aspects of Hesiodic poetry, such as the relation between Hesiod and the literary traditions of the Near East and the entire span of works comprising the Hesiodic corpus, from the Theogony and the Works and Days to the Melampodia and the Aigimios. They also explore the language, style, poetics, and narrative art of Hesiod, as well as his influence on Hellenistic and Roman poetry, but also his reception by the ancient biographical traditions and scholia. The aim of this volume is to supply all those interested in Greek poetry with an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of scholarly approaches to Hesiod and various other works which have come down to us under his name.

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Franco Montanari is Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the University of Genoa (Italy), a member of international research centers and associations, Director of the “Centro Italiano dell'Année Philologique” and of the "Aristarchus" project on line. He published the new Ancient Greek-Italian Dictionary and several scientific works on ancient scholarship and grammar, archaic Greek epic and other Greek poets of classical and hellenistic periods.

Antonios Rengakos is Professor of Greek Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published on Homer, Greek Historiography, Hellenistic Literature. He is the author of Der Homertext und die hellenistischen Dichter (1993) and Apollonios Rhodios und die antike Homererklärung (1994), and has co-edited (with A. Tsakmakis) Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2006) (with Th. Papanghelis) and Brill's Companion to Apollonius Rhodius (2nd ed. 2008).

Christos Tsagalis is Associate Professor of Greek Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published on Homer, Hesiod, Greek Historiography, and Epigram. He is the author of Epic Grief: Personal Laments in Homerʼs Iliad (2004), The Oral Palimpsest: Exploring Intertextuality in the Homeric Epics (2008), and Inscribing Sorrow: Fourth-Century Attic Funerary Epigrams (2008).

Contributors include: Albio Cesare Cassio, Jenny Strauss Clay, Ettore Cingano, Richard Hunter, Franco Montanari, Greg Nagy, Pietro Pucci, Antonios Rengakos, Gianpiero Rosati, Ian Charles Rutherford, Evina Sistakou, Christos Tsagalis.
" This collection makes a notable contribution to Hesiodic scholarship, providing a comprehensive survey of the field in English by distinguished scholars."

" A volume useful both to graduate students beginning their study of Hesiod and to scholars." Stephanie Nelson, Religious Studies Review, vol. 37 nr. 2 (2011).
List of Contributors

Editors’ Introduction

Hesiod and the Literary Traditions of the Near East, Ian Rutherford
The Poetry of the Theogony, Pietro Pucci
Works and Days: Tracing the Path to Arete, Jenny Strauss Clay
The Hesiodic Corpus, Ettore Cingano
Poetry and Poetics in the Hesiodic Corpus, Christos Tsagalis
The Language of Hesiod and the Corpus Hesiodeum, Albio Cesare Cassio
Hesiod’s Narrative, Antonios Rengakos
Callimachus Hesiodicus Revisited, Evina Sistakou
Hesiod’s Style: Towards an Ancient Analysis, Richard Hunter
Hesiod and the Ancient Biographical Traditions, Gregory Nagy
Ancient Scholarship on Hesiod, Franco Montanari
The Latin Reception of Hesiod, Gianpiero Rosati

General Index
All those interested in Hesiod, Archaic Greek epic, reception of Greek literarure, as well as scholars specializing in the poetry and culture of the Near East