| Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle, Homerica. 1922.|
|The Precepts of Chiron|
1. AND now, pray, mark all these things well in a wise heart. First, whenever you come to your house, offer good sacrifices to the eternal gods.
2. Decide no suit until you have heard both sides speak.
3. A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men, but a stags life is four times a crows, and a ravens life makes three stags old, while the phoenix outlives nine ravens, but we, the rich-haired Nymphs, daughters of Zeus the aegis-holder, outlive ten phoenixes.
4. Some consider that children under the age of seven should not receive a literary education
. That Hesiod was of this opinion very many writers affirm who were earlier than the critic Aristophanes; for he was the first to reject the Precepts, in which book this maxim occurs, as a work of that poet.