Work, Justice, and Hesiod's Five Ages

  title={Work, Justice, and Hesiod's Five Ages},
  author={Joseph Eddy Fontenrose},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={1 - 16}
H ESIOD devotes the first two hundred lines of Works and Days to his proem and to three myths: Prometheus' theft of fire, Pandora, and the five ages of man-the aitia of the discourse which follows.1 He joins the first two, as in the Theogony: Zeus created the woman to punish mankind for Prometheus' theft of fire in man's behalf. The third he expressly calls another tale (WD 106: i'TEpo'v TOt Eyco AOyOV EKKOpVbcoar his central theme in the poem is work as man's lot on earth; and, as is customary… 
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