Pliny the Younger: Letters
Virgil: The Aeneid

Hesiod: Works and Days

The Works and Days (Greek: Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι, Erga kai Hēmerai) is a poem in 828 hexametres by Hesiod, who may have lived around 700 BC. It is addressed to the poet's brother Perses, urging him to reconcile their quarrel, and invoking a number of myths to illustrate the need to act justly. Hesiod goes on to advise Perses on how to work as a farmer. The Works and Days of the title are the activities of the farming year and the auspicious days on which to perform them, invoked in a sort of verse almanac in the final two thirds of the poem.

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Free online texts

Gutenberg: Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica.

Loebulus. L496 - Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Works and Days, translated by H.G. Evelyn-White. Multiple formats.

Wikisource: Works and Days, translated by H.G. Evelyn-White (1920). Multiple formats.

Other Resources

History of Ancient Greece: Oligarchs and Hesiod, podcast by Ryan Stitt.

Internet Archive: The Successors of Homer, by William Cranston Lawton (1898). Multiple formats.

Librivox: Works and Days, The Theogony, and The Shield of Heracles - Public domain audiobook.

Literature and History: Hesiod's Lands and Seasons - The Works and Days of Hesiod. Podcast and transcript.  

Wikipedia: Works and Days.

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Hesiod: Theogony.

 Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

Bloom's Western Canon: Works and Days is listed.


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