Hesiod was a farmer-poet who lived in Boeotia, in mainland Greece, around the beginning of the seventh century BC. A contemporary of Homer, his two best known works, the Theogony and Works and Days, are written in the metre of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the dactylic hexameter. Works and Days, addressed to a good-for-nothing brother named Perses, is full of worldly-wise grumbles and very practical and moral advice. It gives fascinating insights into the daily life of Ancient Greece, particularly work and survival in the countryside.

– from Robert Saxton’s introduction in MPT 3/10 The Big Green Issue