The Works and Days
- Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
- Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 20-09-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
Essentially, the poem revolves about two general truths: those who are willing to work honestly will get by, and hard labor is the eternal lot of mankind. Hesiod urges his brother to work hard, honor the gods, and avoid idleness. In the process the poem delves into fascinating episodes of Greek mythology and also contains the first known Greek fable.
Two other poems accompany this piece: "Theogony" and "The Shield of Heracles", both attributed to Hesiod, not without dispute. "Theogony" concerns the origins of the world (Gaia), the genealogy of the gods, and how they came to rule from Olympus. "The Shield of Heracles" tells of the expedition of Heracles and Iolaus against Cycnus, though the main delight is the amazing description of the shield Heracles carries.
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By Matthew on 26-07-10
This audiobook is short, but well worth the listen. Charlton Griffin may not be to the liking of all, but I think his clear pronunciation mixed with his occasional (and a bit comical) forays into the dramatic are well done. The Theogony is a great outline-style primer on Greek myth. All around a fun read, or well...listen.
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By Michael on 17-08-15
This Audiobook includes Theogony.
Contains Theogony. Charlton Griffin delivers competent narration. Pair with the Homeric Hymns and Ovid's Metamorphoses.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful