A Divine Perspective
Hesiod’s Works and Days is the earliest extant Greek song devoted to what being human is and what that means for us. Through Hesiod, a bard of some 2,700 years ago, goddesses rebuke us for our human failings and set us on a path to our best potential, compromised as we are by suffering and certain death. There is a time and a place for all things, including us. We need only plant the goddesses’ words in our hearts, and hope they sing the truth.
About the Speaker
The featured speaker, Dr. Keyne Cheshire, Professor of Classics at Davidson College, teaches a variety of courses in Greek and Latin language and literature. His various publications include original poetry, a textbook on Alexander the Great, and research in Hellenistic and Greek lyric poetry. More recently, he has turned to translating ancient poetry for performance, including Sophocles’ Trachiniae (published as Murder at Jagged Rock), portions of the Iliad (“Song of Anger”), and Aristophanes’ Birds (A Cock and Gull Story).
To see the song that this lecture inspired follow this link: https://ctl.davidson.edu/beinghuman/lecture-1-on-being-human/