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 second printing of this volume, and now its second edition, have given me the opportunity to correct some of its errors and infelicities; I thank various friends and colleagues, especially Ed Beall, Richard Janko, Tetsuo Nakatsukasa, Michael O’Brien, and Stefano Vecchiato for bringing these to my attention. I have also now added a section of selected “Further Testimonia” following T157 at the end of this volume (and so too I have added some further fragments at the end of volume 2); my thanks in particular to Stefano Vecchiato for his help with these additions.

Firenze, February 2018




“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 influence and reception 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.


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