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Hesiod was an early Greek poet, generally considered a contemporary of {{Homer}}. He is remembered for two works: the ''Literature/{{Theogony}}'' and the ''Literature/WorksAndDays''. Both works heavily influenced later authors.

The ''Literature/{{Theogony}}'' is an account of how the world came to be and contains what is now the standard genealogy of the Greek gods.

The ''Literature/WorksAndDays'' is framed as a letter of advice to a lazy brother. It extols the value of labour and justice, while laying out an idealized calendar of tasks: sowing, harvesting, trading and so on. It is also the earliest appearance of the "Ages of Man", the decline from a Golden Age to the present-day Iron Age.
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