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Hesiod's Ascra

Anthony Edwards


In Works and Days, one of the two long poems that have come down to us from Hesiod, the poet writes of farming, morality, and what seems to be a very nasty quarrel with his brother Perses over their inheritance. This book extracts from the poem a picture of the social structure of Ascra, the hamlet in northern Greece where Hesiod lived, most likely during the seventh century b.c.e. Drawing on the evidence of trade, food storage, reciprocity, and the agricultural regime as Hesiod describes them in Works and Days, the author reveals Ascra as an autonomous village, outside the control of a polis, ... More

Keywords: Works and Days, farming, morality, Perses, trade, food storage, reciprocity, agricultural regime, Homer, peasant society

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520236585
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Edwards, author

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