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Listening to the Spider: reading Hesiodís Works and Days*

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

††††††††††† Preface (2006), with an addendum on modern language translations (updated March, 2007)

††††††††††† INTRODUCTION. PRINCIPLES OF INTERPRETATION

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hermeneutics: the twentieth century heritage and Hesiodís audience

††††††††††††††††††††††† Genre: didacticism versus epic in language

††††††††††††††††††††††† Genre: didacticism versus epic in composition

††††††††††††††††††††††† Genre: discrete lessons versus continuous narrative

††††††††††††††††††††††† Poetics: tradition and individuality; nature as object or medium of participation?

††††††††††† CHAPTER 1. A HYMN TO ZEUS? (vv. 1-10)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 2. ZEUS: GUARANTOR OF THE WORLD OR BARRIER TO GRASPING IT? (vv.11-105)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Correction: the old world view needs adjustment (11-26)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Example: finagling versus work (27-39)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Explanation: itís all for the best (40-6)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Further explanation: (meta-)myth (47-105)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 3. A FRESH APPROACH (vv. 106-382)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The past (109-73)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The future; first possibility (174-201)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The future; another possibility, in the general (202-85)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The future; another possibility, in the particular (286-382)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 4. OVERTURE TO THE HERE AND NOW (vv. 383-413)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 5. AN ALTERNATIVE HUMAN (vv. 414-503)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Initial vision (414-22)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Toward a subject (423-47)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The crane: speaking of work (448-57)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The organized human (458-92)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The crane redux (493-503)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 6. OVERCOMING ADVERSITY (vv. 504-63)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Cosmic struggle (505-18a)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The end of reproduction (518b-35)

††††††††††††††††††††††† To the rescue (536-58)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Better days ahead (559-63)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 7. CELEBRATION (vv. 564-614a)

††††††††††††††††††††††† April fool! (564-70)

††††††††††††††††††††††† If a snail can work, so can you (571-81)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Recovering from a false note (582-96)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Make good use of helpers (597-601, 606-8, 602-5)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Celebration indeed (609-14a)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 8. TRANSCENDENCE (vv. 614b-77)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sailing and poetry (619-30)

††††††††††††††††††††††† The history of proper sailing/poetry (631-62)

††††††††††††††††††††††† From poetry to sailing: illustration (663-77)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 9. THE DARK SIDE (vv. 678-764)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Heed proportion (689-706)

††††††††††† ††††††††††† And donít heed disproportion (707-21)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Just say no (722-59)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít run afoul of the social mystery either (760-4)

††††††††††† CHAPTER 10. HAVE A NICE DAY (vv. 765-825)

††††††††††††††††††††††† From holy days to practical days (765-797a)

††††††††††††††††††††††† From mystical days to practical days (797b-825)

††††††††††† CONCLUSION

††††††††††† APPENDIX

††††††††††††††††††††††† Syllable quantity in Greek verse

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hexameter prosody

††††††††††††††††††††††† Table 1: tabulation of syllable sequence and enjambement types (Spring, 2000)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Tables 2  3  4: Syllable sequences discussion; comparison with Homer

††††††††††††††††††††††† Table 5: Enjambement discussion; comparison with Homer

††††††††††† BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

††††††††††† *© 2006 E. F. Beall.

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