A newer edition of this work is available: 2018


I am especially grateful to Alan Griffiths, Filippomaria Pontani, Mario Telò, and Martin West.

Finally, Dirk Obbink has put me and all readers of these volumes in his debt by making available to me a preliminary version of his forthcoming edition of Book 2 of Philodemus’ On Piety, an important witness to the fragmentary poetry ascribed to Hesiod.

Glenn W. Most

Firenze, January 2006

The reprinting of this volume has given me an opportunity to correct some of its errors and infelicities; I thank various friends and colleagues, especially Ed Beall and Richard Janko, for bringing these to my attention.

Firenze, June 2008



Abbreviations and Symbols
BEBulletin épigraphique
DKHermann Diels, Walther Kranz, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, fifth edition (Berlin, 1934–1937)
FGrHistFelix Jacoby, Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker (Berlin and Leiden, 1923–1958)
FHGCarolus et Theodorus Müller, Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (Paris, 1841–1873)
GP2Bruno Gentili, Carlo Prato, Poetae Elegiaci, second edition (Leipzig-Munich and Leipzig, 1988–2002)
JöByzGJahrbuch der österreichischen Byzantinischen Gesellschaft
K. A.Rudolf Kassel, Colin Austin, Poetae Comici Graeci (Berlin-New York, 1983–2001)
OCT3Friedrich Solmsen, Reinhold Merkelbach, M. L. West, Hesiodi Theogonia, Opera et Dies, Scutum, Fragmenta selecta, third edition (Oxford, 1990)
SEGSupplementum Epigraphicum Graecum
SHHugh Lloyd-Jones and Peter Parsons, Supplementum Hellenisticum (Berlin, 1983)