The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Hesiod’s Theogony (in English Translation)

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Part of the world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Elton’s verse translation of Hesiod’s Theogony.

Hesiod’s poetical works were widely venerated in the ancient Greek world as sacred texts. Hesiod’s Theogony is a beautifully crafted cosmology which exposes and explains Life’s inherent paradoxes: how the beauties of music, poetry, and song exist simultaneously alongside the ugliness of poverty, disease, and war. The gods themselves suffer: making immortality a decidedly mixed blessing if it extends a term of punishment to eternity.

Humans today are the “Race of Iron” and inferior to men of previous ages when heroes roamed the earth, or the even remoter Golden Age of universal prosperity.

Hesiod faces mankind’s greatest perplexities squarely, including:

  • Why does the universe exist at all? And why is existence perennially at war with itself?
  • Where does evil come from? And why has evil poisoned the veins of humanity?

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