‘Stallings’s new translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days – witty, gritty, and unsettlingly relevant – is not to be missed’ TLS, Books of the Year
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 RUNICMAN AWARD
A new verse translation of one of the foundational ancient Greek works by the award-winning poet A. E. Stallings.
Hesiod was the first self-styled ‘poet’ in western literature, revered by the ancient Greeks. Ostensibly written to chide and educate his lazy brother, Works and Days tells the story of Pandora’s jar and humanity’s place in a fallen world. Blending the cosmic and the earthy, and mixing myth, lyrical description, personal asides, astronomy, proverbs and down-to-earth advice on rural tasks and rituals, it is also a hymn to honest toil as man’s salvation. This vibrant new verse translation by award-winning poet A. E. Stallings conveys the clarity and unexpected humour of a founding work of classical literature.