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date: 30 November 2020

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The chapter one offers an overview of the structure and themes of the handbook, divided between twelve chapters on Hesiod’s art and the singer/poet’s milieu, and seventeen on matters of reception from archaic art, poetry, and philosophical inquiry to contemporary comic books. The chapter also offers a rationale for its selection of contributors: in the hope of adding fresh insights to the study of Hesiod and his reception, the volume brings together twenty-nine scholars, both junior and senior, many of whom, while experts in their fields, are looking at Hesiodic questions or Hesiodic reception for the first time. When considering the long trajectory of reception studies, the chapter examines the shifting weight of attention from the Works and Days to the Theogony and compares ancient allegory to its very different modern counterpart in theorists like Freud and Lévi-Strauss.

Keywords: Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days, poetics, orality, reception, allegory

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