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The reception of Hesiod in antiquity amounts to more than the sum total of all references by later Greeks to the enshrined poetic corpus of a cultural icon. It is the main argument of this book that the ancient image of Homer is crucial to the understanding of Hesiod's reception. The first Part of the book is concerned with the image of Hesiod when equated or associated with Homer. Hesiod's image is essentially different when he is alone. The second part argues that this Hesiod - since he is least affected by Homer - is the 'real' one, but such a qualification should be between quotation marks for at least two reasons. The last Part of the book deals with the third Hesiod, i.e. the poet who is defined through opposition with Homer.

Keywords: Greeks; Hesiod; Homer



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