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Hesiod and the Fabricated Woman: Poetry and Visual Art in the Theogony

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The narrative of Hesiod’s transformation from shepherd to poet at the opening of the Theogony shares thematic and linguistic parallels with the narrative of Pandora’s creation at the midpoint of the same poem. When juxtaposed, these two scenes suggest comparison between verbal and visual art, respectively. This paper will argue that the Theogony stands ultimately as a precursor to later Greek poetry that not only compares verbal and visual artistry but privileges the verbal over and against the visual.

Affiliations: 1: Vanderbilt University, Department of Classical Studies VU Station B #351740, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville TN 37235-1740, Email:


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