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E. F. Beall’s Site
I am gratified to have been able to participate in the field of classical studies, and to write both for other participants in the field and for educated people generally. This site is primarily for the purpose of publishing some work of both types. The site also provides bibliography on the relevant topics, links to other classical studies sites of interest, and some autobiographical material.
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In the menu bar above, reproduced throughout the site, the first entry is a link to this home page with its associated links below. The second and third entries link respectively to groups of pages that deal with my two principal interests: (1) archaic poetry, meaning poetic works from the archaic period of ancient Greece, especially those composed in epic meter; and (2) archaic thought, meaning the mental representations of the earliest of the so-called Presocratic philosophers and their parallels in non-Greek ancient societies, together with the reception of this subject in later times.
The next two links are to the respective contents pages of two book-length works published on the site. The first of these is to a 2003 commentary on the poem called “Works and Days” ascribed to “Hesiod,” where the discussion is largely in terms of the poem’s English translation in order to make the piece as accessible to the viewer as possible, and which is given here with a 2006 preface and a list of recent modern language translations of the poem through 2007. The second link is to my 2007 translation of the medieval Arabic commentator Averroës’s “long” commentary on the portion of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Book A that deals with the Presocratics.
Then there is a list including other writings that are available on this site, from a 1988 background essay for a conference paper comparing Hesiod and the early Presocratics to contemporaries in Israel, Iran and India, to two works dating from 2011: a conference paper which suggests that the first 105 lines of Works and Days constitute an attention-getting device that is not meant to be part of the poem proper; and a discussion of an important new philological commentary on that poem by the Italian scholar Andrea Ercolani, together with his response. Next is a list of my publications on ancient studies in conventional media from 1985 to 2012.
Finally, there are links to three bibliographies: one of works by others on Hesiod that are scholarly but more or less accessible to the educated person; another of scholarly works on the earliest of the Presocratics; and a bibliography of recent work reviewing scholarly opinions of what was really in “Pandora’s Box,” originally attached to a 2006 presentation on the subject but now kept up to date.
Also as to who I am:
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These pages last updated 1/13/13; archaic poetry pages 12/15/12; archaic thought pages 10/13/09; Hesiod bibliography 10/18/11; philosophy bibliography 12/20/12; Pandora bibliography 1/9/13.