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 (hē′sē-əd, hĕs′ē-) fl. eighth century bc.
Greek poet. The major epics ascribed to him are Works and Days, a valuable account of ancient rural life, and Theogony, a description of the gods and the beginning of the world.


(Biography) 8th century bc, Greek poet and the earliest author of didactic verse. His two complete extant works are the Works and Days, dealing with the agricultural seasons, and the Theogony, concerning the origin of the world and the genealogies of the gods
ˌHesiˈodic adj


(ˈhi si əd, ˈhɛs i-)

fl. 8th century B.C., Greek poet.
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Noun1.Hesiod - Greek poet whose existing works describe rural life and the genealogies of the gods and the beginning of the world (eighth century BC)
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The Hesiodic poems fall into two groups according as they are didactic (technical or gnomic) or genealogical: the first group centres round the "Works and Days", the second round the "Theogony".
Of the Hesiodic poems similar in character to the "Works and Days", only the scantiest fragments survive.
It is highly probable that these poems were interpolations into the "Catalogues" expanded by later poets from more summary notices in the genuine Hesiodic work and subsequently detached from their contexts and treated as independent.
Nothing shows more clearly the collapse of the principles of the Hesiodic school than this ultimate servile dependence upon Homeric models.
50) Significantly, following the Hesiodic model, Apollo's first words to Hermes are at least mildly (albeit quite justifiably) insulting--[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (436)--and his chief concern is to find out from Hermes whether he was born with his [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] or whether one of the gods gave it to him (442), that is, to learn whence comes his authority to sing.
What value do we attach to the statements of Hesiod and the Hesiodic School?
The attention to the body and the practicalities of living seems almost Hesiodic (cf.
32) Ovid also imitates the structure of the Annals; the Dream of Homer at the beginning of Ennius' epic, as well as reworking the Hesiodic and Callimachean topos of the initiation of the poet, functions as a natural-philosophical prelude to the historical account of Roman history.
On the complementarity of the Hesiodic and Homeric poems in this regard, see Slatkin 1986.
We should understand [Greek Text Omitted] in the sense in which the Stoics interpreted this Hesiodic term: as the primeval water.
On this characteristic of Dionysus's heroism, see Braden 254, who discusses to what extent the Hesiodic expectation of no success without hard work was fulfilled.
What is the masculine goddess of the aegis and the lawcourt doing in this Hesiodic locus amoenus, dancing and bathing with a nymph?