Vase in British Museum. Tag says, in part “Black figure amphora (jar)
with Achilles and Penthesilea.
Photo by Thomas Hart.
December 12, 2012

Hesiod and Fragments

The first volume of the Loeb Hesiod is Theogony, Works and Days, and Testimonia. I've dealt with the first two previously. The last part is essentially brief lives of Hesiod by a number of authors. They are highly repetitious, and can be skimmed over. They are not among the works to be digested.

The second volume contains The Shield of Heracles, The Catalogue of Women, and other fragments. The interested reader can compare Iliad 18 with the Shield for himself. Both Homer's and Hesiod's descriptions are very ornate, and have allegorical patterns and motifs embedded into them. Homer's, to my recollection, is more focused, more concentrated than Hesiod's.

The Catalogue is a genealogy based on the mothers of the various heroes. It presents a fair amount of mythological information, some of which differs from other mythographers. It's interesting, and fairly easy reading.

The fragments are just that, fragments, and may be read, but again are more suited for skimming rather than digesting.

ι Next up, Apollodorus and his Library.