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[2] Now the wisdom of that day had some such form and force as that for which Hesiod was famous, especially in the sententious maxims of his ‘Works and Days.’ One of these maxims is ascribed to Pittheus, namely
‘Payment pledged to a man who is dear must be ample and certain.’
1 At any rate, this is what Aristotle the philosopher says,2 and Euripides,3 when he has Hippolytus addressed as ‘nursling of the pure and holy Pittheus,’ shows what the world thought of Pittheus.

1 Verse 370.

2 Aristot. Frag. 553

3 Eur. Hipp. 11

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