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date: 30 November 2020

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In this interpretation of the Theogony and Works and Days as acts of performance, the well-known biographical details of Hesiod’s life are treated as part of an authorial persona that inheres in the situation that the poem represents. The singer’s dispute with his brother Perses is not a reality outside the poem; rather, it is created, and settled, in and through the poem. The chapter examines the deictic markers through which the poems achieve their “performative” effects. A comparison with Homer is offered in which Hesiod is aligned with the mimetic representation of drama, as opposed to the Homeric narrator, who as more “impersonal” vehicle sets the stage for his characters.

Keywords: authorial persona, deixis, diegesis, impersonation, mimesis, Panhellenic, performance, performative speech act, rhapsodes, wisdom

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