The very first Loeb I ever bought was Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns and Homerica. After more than a third of a century of intense use, my battered copy needed to be replaced—and not only my copy: even when it was first published in 1914, Evelyn-White’s edition was, though useful, rather idiosyncratic, and the extraordinary progress that scholarship on Hesiod has made since then has finally made it altogether outdated. The Homeric parts of that edition have now been replaced by two volumes edited by Martin West, Homeric Hymns. Homeric Apocrypha. Lives of Homer and Greek Epic Fragments from the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries bc; the present volumes are intended to make the rest of the material contained in Evelyn-White’s edition, Hesiod and the poetry attributed to him, accessible to a new generation of readers.
Over the past decade I have taught a number of seminars and lecture courses on Hesiod to helpfully thoughtful and critical students at Heidelberg University, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and the University of Chicago: my thanks to all of them for sharpening my understanding of this fascinating poet.
Various friends and colleagues read the introduction, text, and translation of this edition and contributed numerous corrections and improvements of all sorts to them.