Stars and Constellations in Homer and Hesiod

  title={Stars and Constellations in Homer and Hesiod},
  author={H. L. Lorimer},
  journal={The Annual of the British School at Athens},
  pages={86 - 101}
  • H. Lorimer
  • Published 1 November 1951
  • Physics, Art, Education
  • The Annual of the British School at Athens
Heavenly bodies figure in the works of both Homer and Hesiod, but their functions in the two poems mainly concerned are very different, as accords with the contrasting character of the Iliad and of the Works and Days. For the moment it is enough to note that Hesiod's attention is directed mainly to constellations, Homer's (so to call the poet of the Iliad) to individual stars. The passages which establish the fact are few, but as the precise meaning of some of them is in doubt, it is necessary… 
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