Reading Hesiod 
Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 03:42 PM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman
A Spartan was praising a saying of Hesiod's,
"Not even an ox would be lost if one had not
a bad neighbour," in the hearing of Diogenes, who
cynically replied, "But the Messenians are lost,
and their oxen too; and you are their neighbours."

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