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SODPeter Stork, Jan Max van Ophuijsen, Tiziano Dorandi, Demetrius of Phalerum: the Sources, Text and Translation, in W. W. Fortenbaugh and Eckart Schütrumpf (eds.), Demetrius of Phalerum: Text, Translation and Discussion (New Brunswick-London, 1999), pp. 1–310
SVFHans von Arnim, Stoicorum Veterum Fragmenta (Leipzig, 1903–1905)
ZPEZeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik
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Introduction

Introduction

“Hesiod” is the name of a person; “Hesiodic” is a designation for a kind of poetry, including but not limited to the poems of which the authorship may reasonably be assigned to Hesiod himself. The first section of this Introduction considers what is known and what can be surmised about Hesiod; the second provides a brief presentation of the various forms of Hesiodic poetry; the third surveys certain fundamental aspects of the reception and influence of Hesiodic poetry; the fourth indicates the principal medieval manuscripts upon which our knowledge of the Theogony (Th), Works and Days (WD), and Shield is based; and the fifth describes the principles of this edition. There follows a brief and highly selective bibliography.

Hesiod’s Life and Times

The Theogony and the Works and Days contain the following first-person statements with past or present indicative verbs:1

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