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A Canonical Author: The Case of Hesiod

Mackenzie, KTM; (2019) A Canonical Author: The Case of Hesiod. In: Stray, C and Clarke, M and Katz, J, (eds.) Liddell and Scott: The History, Methodology, and Languages of the World's Leading Lexicon of Ancient Greek. (pp. 105-123). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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This chapter presents a case study of the Lexicon’s treatment of a single author, Hesiod. Early Greek poetry in general, and that of Hesiod in particular, presents certain difficulties for the historical approach which do not arise for texts of later periods. The main body of the chapter is divided into three sections, treating different respects in which Liddell and Scott (LSJ), and the historical principle it adopts, may seem problematic for the modern reader of Hesiod. The first section considers the ways in which LSJ conflicts with current beliefs concerning the text and dating of Hesiod. The second outlines some respects in which the historical principle may be inadequate for dealing with early Greek hexameter in general, given more recent scholarship on the nature and semantics of formulaic verse. The third treats more idiosyncratic features of Hesiod’s poetry that are particularly noteworthy for the lexicographer. Throughout, the main focus is on the Theogony and the Works and Days.

Type: Book chapter
Title: A Canonical Author: The Case of Hesiod
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810803.003.0007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198810803.003.0007
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days, Greek-English Lexicon, Liddell, Scott
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040034
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