Reading Guide for Hesiod and Vergil

 

Hesiod

 

What are the defining characteristics of the Golden Age?  How does it differ from the ages that follow?

 

 

In what way is HesiodŐs story of the ages of man a demonstration of humankindŐs desire to return to a lost time?

 

 

What are the problems that you can think of that might occur when living in a perfect age?

 

Vergil

 

What is the relationship between fertility and morality?

 

 

This poem can be understood as representing the Roman vision of a return to a Golden Age.  How does this vision of paradise differ from HesiodŐs version? 

 

 

What role does war and conquest play in the return to a Golden Age?