HESIOD. Works. Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre, 1737.
4to. Brown calf, upper and lower covers bordered in gilt, spine with 5 raised bands, profusely decorated with star and circle motifs, red spine label reading "Robinson's Hesiod", board edges decorated in gilt, in zig zag; pp. frontispiece, , lviii, 496, 1 plate; some minor rubbing and wear, mainly to head and tail of spine, bookplate of Thomas De Gray to front paste down endpaper, library shelf stamp to rear of front free endpaper, some minor foxing and toning as usual, but overall a very good copy in an attractive binding.
Hesiod was a Greek poet generally thought to have been active between 650-750 BC. Both ancient and modern critics disagree as to precisely which works, and which parts of those works, are actually by Hesiod, and not just attributed to him. This edition (comprising solely of parallel Greek and Latin) includes:
Theogony (Deorum Generatio), considered his earliest work, concerning the gods. It begins with Chaos, Gaia, Tartarus and Eros, and shows a special interest in genealogy. Herodotus considered Hesiod's version of the myths the common thread that bound together Hellene culture.
Works and Days (Opera et Dies), an 800-line poem which focuses on two salient truths: labour is the universal lot of Man, but he who is willing to work will get by.
The Shield of Hercules (Scutum Herculis) covers one of the exploits of Heracles, though many critics (including some in antiquity) believe it to have been written in the 6th century BC, after Hesiod.
It also contains the Contest of Homer and Hesiod (Homeri & Hesiodi Certamen), the Lectiones Hesiodeae by Johannis Georgii Graevii and Various Notes on Hesiodus (Variorum Notae in Hesodium).