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date: 24 September 2019

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Temporality is an important aspect of the poetics of both the Theogony and the Works and Days. Hesiod’s temporality can be subdivided into different kinds of synchronic and diachronic temporalities: omnipresent, etiological, and teleological temporalities and seasonal (or kairological) and cyclical temporalities. Each of these modes has its own logic. Furthermore, Hesiod allows these temporal modes to interact with one another in complex and sometimes paradoxical ways. Hesiod views his cosmos as a permanent, stable reality that came into being through evolutionary and cyclical processes—the very processes that could threaten the reigning, unchanging order under Zeus. This tension between permanence and development animates Hesiod’s poetry.

Keywords: Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days, temporality, diachronic, synchronic, etiology, teleology, cyclical, kairos

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