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The subject of the poem is the expedition of Heracles and Iolaus against Cycnus , the son of Ares , who challenged Heracles to combat as Heracles was passing through Thessaly. It has been suggested that this epic may reflect anti-Thessalian feeling after the First Sacred War — BCE : in the epic, a Thessalian hero interfering with the Phocian sanctuary is killed by a Boeotian hero Heracles , whose mortal father Amphitryon had for allies Locrians and Phocians.

This was a pastiche made to be sung at a Boeotian festival at midsummer at the hottest time of the dogstar Sirios. To serve as an introduction, fifty-six lines have been taken from the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women.

The late 3rd- and early 2nd-century BCE critic Aristophanes of Byzantium , who considered the Catalogue to be the work of Hesiod, noted the borrowing, which led him to suspect that the Shield was spurious. Upon it Strife, upon it Uproar joined battle , upon it baneful Death, holding one freshly wounded, another unwounded, another she dragged dead through the battle by the foot: she wore around her shoulders a garment red with the gore of men.

Upon it Strife, upon it Uproar rushed , upon it baneful Death, holding one freshly wounded, another unwounded, another she dragged dead through the battle by the foot: she wore around her shoulders a garment red with the gore of men.

The Iliad gives enough detail for its hearers to marvel at Hephaestus ' workmanship. The Shield of Heracles piles on repetitive description, without gaining added effect:.

The round shield's "whole orb shimmered with enamel and white ivory and electrum, and it glowed with shining gold; and there were zones of cyanus drawn upon it. At the center was a mask of Fear Phobos with the staring eyes and teeth of a gorgon. Though Achilles' shield has nothing about it that might mar its function, the shield of Heracles is a tour de force of high relief: the vineyard has "shivering leaves and stakes of silver" and the snake heads "would clash their teeth when Amphitryon's son was fighting" and in the ocean vignette the "fishes of bronze were trembling.

The extravagant description seems to have encouraged rhapsodes to contribute their interpolations, which have been identified and teased apart by modern scholarship.

Shapiro detected its presence in Attic vase-painting between ca and ca BCE. The likelihood of both oral and literary transmission during the same time is noted by Janko The Shield of Heracles was first printed, included with the complete works of Hesiod, by Aldus Manutius , in Venice, ; the text was from Byzantine manuscripts.

In modern times several papyri have offered sections of the text, notably a 1st-century papyrus in Berlin Berlin Papyri, , a 2nd-century papyrus from Oxyrhynchus Oxyrhynchus Papyri , and the 4th-century Rainer Papyrus L. There are numerous texts from the 12th to the 15th century. Compare Virgil 's "Shield of Aeneas" Aeneid viii. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Jeferry The Archaic Greece. The Greek city states. The Classical Quarterly , New Series, Russo, Hesiodi Scutum , rev.

Shapiro, "Herakles and Kyknos", American Journal of Archaeology 88 —39 , notes over surviving representations of Heracles' combat with Kyknos, recounted in the Shield of Heracles , have been identified, the frequency of the depiction tapering off after ca BCE.

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HESIOD, SHIELD OF HERACLES

The subject of the poem is the expedition of Heracles and Iolaus against Cycnus , the son of Ares , who challenged Heracles to combat as Heracles was passing through Thessaly. It has been suggested that this epic may reflect anti-Thessalian feeling after the First Sacred War — BCE : in the epic, a Thessalian hero interfering with the Phocian sanctuary is killed by a Boeotian hero Heracles , whose mortal father Amphitryon had for allies Locrians and Phocians. This was a pastiche made to be sung at a Boeotian festival at midsummer at the hottest time of the dogstar Sirios. To serve as an introduction, fifty-six lines have been taken from the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women. The late 3rd- and early 2nd-century BCE critic Aristophanes of Byzantium , who considered the Catalogue to be the work of Hesiod, noted the borrowing, which led him to suspect that the Shield was spurious. Upon it Strife, upon it Uproar joined battle , upon it baneful Death, holding one freshly wounded, another unwounded, another she dragged dead through the battle by the foot: she wore around her shoulders a garment red with the gore of men. Upon it Strife, upon it Uproar rushed , upon it baneful Death, holding one freshly wounded, another unwounded, another she dragged dead through the battle by the foot: she wore around her shoulders a garment red with the gore of men.

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He was alongside Homer the most respected of the old Greek poets. His works included a poem titled the Theogony , a cosmological work describing the origins and genealogy of the gods, Works and Days , on the subjects of farming, morality and country life, and a large number of lost or now fragmentary poems including the Catalogues of Women , Eoiae , and Astronomy. Translated by Evelyn-White, H G. Loeb Classical Library Volume

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