One of my employees asked me to if he could borrow my copy of Hesiod’s Theogany for one of his classes. I took it with me to work and decided to read a little bit of Works and Days, which was part of this version.
I have read Hesiod before, but for some reason I never really paid much attention to certain parts. Then I saw this line about marriage, which cracked me up and was actually kind of true.
If you cannot read that, here is what it says:
“Marry at the right age. Bring home a wife
When you’re just about thirty, give or take
A few years. That’s marrying in season.
A woman ought to wed when she’s five years a woman
Marry her virgin so you can teach her prudent ways
The best girl to marry is the girl next door,
But have a good look around and make sure first
That marrying her won’t make you a joke to your neighbors.
A man couldn’t steal anything better than a good wife
Just as nothing is more horrible than a bad one,
Some freeloader who roasts her man without a fire,
And serves him up to a raw old age.”
So basically, Hesiod says that it is best to marry when you a guy is in his thirties. The girl should be younger, she should have had her period for five years. So, maybe a girl about 15-20? You definitely want a virgin so you can teach her the fine art of sex. Also, it is best to marry the girl next door, but you should ask around in case she is a bit of a slut or if she is considered ugly.
The last part is pretty true though. Finding a special someone and marrying them will make you a happy man. If not, you could be doomed for a life filled with misery and pain. Fortunately, I get to spend my life with Lindsey, who will most certainly be the good wife that Hesiod prescribed.