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Solon, fr. 29 West

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πολλὰ ψεύδονται ἀοιδοί.

Poets tell many lies.

This is quoted as a proverbial expression (παροιμία) by Aristotle (Metaphysics 1.2); the idea of poets as liars goes right back to the Muses’ famous address to Hesiod at Theogony 26-28 (which will be coming up soon!).

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August 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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