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The Programmatic Message of the "Kings and Singers" Passage: Hesiod, "Theogony" 80-103
Kathryn B. Stoddard
Transactions of the American Philological Association (1974-)
Vol. 133, No. 1 (Spring, 2003), pp. 1-16
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20054073
Page Count: 16
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In Hesiod's "Theogony," the "Kings and Singers" passage, lines 80-103, parallels the poem's "Dichterweihe," lines 22-34, in that both portray contact between the Muses and mortals on whom they bestow gifts. The gifts granted Hesiod in the "Dichterweihe," a divine voice and a laurel scepter, represent the persuasive powers of ἀοιδόν and βασιλεύϛ as described in "Th. 80-103." The latter passage is thus programmatic for how Hesiod perceives his role as narrator and how he intends to use the Muses' gifts for didaxis. The Prometheus and Hekate passages later in the poem show Hesiod's didaxis in action.
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