Homer (Disputed - c 850 B.C.E. / Disputed)
''The generation of mankind is like the generation of leaves. The wind scatters the leaves on the ground, but the living tree burgeons with leaves again in the spring.''Homer (c. 9th century B.C.), Greek poet. Iliad 6.146-148, trans. by R. Lattimore, Chicago, University of Chicago Press (1951), slightly revised. Author of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
''Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.''Homer (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek poet. Odyssey, bk. 7, l. 300, trans. by Alexander Pope.
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The Odyssey: Book 3
But as the sun was rising from the fair sea into the firmament of
heaven to shed Blight on mortals and immortals, they reached Pylos the
city of Neleus. Now the people of Pylos were gathered on the sea shore
to offer sacrifice of black bulls to Neptune lord of the Earthquake.
There were nine guilds with five hundred men in each, and there were
nine bulls to each guild. As they were eating the inward meats and
burning the thigh bones [on the embers] in the name of Neptune,
Telemachus and h