An intensive reading of the <u>Theogony</u> and <u>Works and Days</u>. Special attention is paid to the Near Eastern and Indo-European background of Hesiodic language and culture and to questions of poetics. That said, students are warmly encouraged to bring their own interests and theoretical approaches to the table as we learn to appreciate "the other poet," on whose works and their reception there has been an explosion of scholarly concern in the past decade.