Hesiod “Works and Days”

Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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13 Responses

  1. Jaybird says:

    Initial response: DELIGHTED.

    Have to chew on this for a while…Report

    • Rufus in reply to Jaybird says:

      Glad to hear it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Rufus says:

        I’d like to say that one of the main things that strikes me about Hesiod is how “pre-Satan” (if you know what I mean) it is.

        If there’s a drought, then a hail storm, then your cattle has a stillbirth, then your kid breaks his or her leg… well, it ain’t personal. It’s just the gods being, for lack of a better word, dicks. It’s not particularly framed as good vs. evil. It’s caprice (sometimes Latinate words just don’t get the point across… sometimes you need a good old Anglo-saxon one).

        Which makes me start thinking about moral dualism and wondering if it is a co-incidence that its rise seems to map to the rise of The State… but that’s my crazy one-note libertarianism sneaking into everything again.Report

  2. angullimala says:

    I really like your series. Keep em coming.Report

  3. North says:

    I don’t have a response to offer at this time beyond expressing my certainty that I am mentally richer for having read this. My thanks.Report

  4. Murali says:

    2. Next, I’d like to get to the Bhagavad Gita.

    I would look forward to thatReport

  5. Mr. Prosser says:

    Great thoughts. If I met Hesiod I probably would not like him but his thinking on the precariousness of life still is true. Are the gods fickle? Of course! only now the gods are those that control the fate of my pension and the values of my IRAs. Trust the polis? Not on my life. Are we in decline? Well, I don’t know but the tattooed, pierced faced, long-term adolescent (she must be at least 30) who brews my coffee while I read your post in the coffe shop gives me pause to wonder. Of course, 45 years ago my grandfather was positive we were in decline while I rolled my eyes and a doobie. Perhaps there comes a time when we are all much like Hesiod, but hopefully can approach the changes with more grace and humor.Report

    • Rufus in reply to Mr. Prosser says:

      Yeah, my grandfather was the same way. And, recently, my father has become like my grandfather. And I’m starting to roll up the windows when I drive past groups of teenagers standing on the corner! I think the trick is to keep as warmblooded as possible, while keeping a bit of cold blood on reserve.Report

  6. Dan says:

    As an uncultured individual I have nothing to contribute; I can only say that I’m enjoying this series very much.Report

    • Rufus F. in reply to Dan says:

      Thanks a lot. I will note that these notes are not guaranteed to make you cultured or help you pass an exam!

      I should also note that I- Mr. Culture here- recently made my screen debut as an extra in the horror/action film “Slime City Massacre”!Report