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This book, is about 'Hesiod'; it conceives of and investigates the poet as a concept in later literary-critical discourse, as a locus that was informed with values and qualities, and more generally as a cultural icon constructed and reconstructed by later Greek authors who employed him in their own texts. The first section of this introductory chapter, therefore, discusses some of the most important approaches and findings of this particular discipline. Section two demonstrates how helpful the main notions of memory theory can be in understanding and explaining the ancient imagination of Hesiod. Section three briefly describes how this book is organized, while section four presents some preliminary findings of interest, and looks ahead to the rest of the book. In order to get a preliminary idea of the scope and focus of Hesiod's reception the author creates two so-called 'commemograms'.

Keywords: commemograms; Greek authors; Hesiod

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