Two Myths in Hesiod’s Works and Days

In his poem, Works and Days, Hesiod writes a letter addressed to his brother, Perses, encouraging him to embrace the practical attitude and let Discord spur him to plow his fields and yield abundant crops. His purpose is to encourage strong values in Perses, ones that combat the impetus for laziness. However, he tells Perses … Continue reading Two Myths in Hesiod’s Works and Days

Commentary on the Form of the “Homeric Hymns”

The collection of hymns, commonly called the "Homeric Hymns" or "Homerica," are a compilation of thirty-three prayers to the gods. They have erroneously been attributed to Homer by the moderns due to the dactylic hexameter formula -the same poetic form of the Homeric epics. Recall the prayer to the god Osiris in the Egyptian Book … Continue reading Commentary on the Form of the “Homeric Hymns”

Genesis I: The Seven Days of Creation Examined

The following narrative is a close examination of the seven days of creation outlined in Book I of Genesis using Robert Alter's magnificent translation of the ancient Hebrew scriptures. Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam (1510) from the Sistine Chapel Day One – Light and Darkness “When God began to create heaven and earth, and the … Continue reading Genesis I: The Seven Days of Creation Examined