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(c. 700 bce), the oldest Greek poet of whom there is authentic information concerning his person. His father, a merchant, was forced to leave the Aeolian city of Cyme and settled down in Boeotian Ascra (Hes. Erga kai hemerai [Erga] 635–640). After his death, an inheritance dispute broke out between Hesiod and his brother Perses (Erga 35–39). A first prize in a poetry contest in Chalcis is also documented (Erga 650–659). Tradition attributes the following works to Hesiod's authorship: Theogonia (Theogony), Erga kai hemerai (Works and Days), and the Aspis (Shield). Signi…

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Käppel, Lutz, “Hesiod”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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