Hesiod was a Greek oral poet generally thought by scholars to have been active between 750 and 650 BC, around the same time as Homer. His is the first European poetry in which the poet regards himself as a topic, an individual with a distinctive role to play. Ancient authors credited him and Homer with establishing Greek religious customs. Modern scholars refer to him as a major source on Greek mythology, farming techniques, early economic thought (he is sometimes identified as the first economist), archaic Greek astronomy and ancient time-keeping. more »
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''Love, the fairest among the undying gods, who loosens the limbs of all gods and men,Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 120.
conquers resolve and prudent counsel within the breast.''
''There dwell the children of the dark Night, the dread gods Sleep and Death.''Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 603.
''Whoever happens to give birth to mischievous children lives always with unending grief in his spirit and heart.''Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 610.
''Happy is the man whom the Muses love: sweet speech flows from his mouth.''Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 96.