Hesiod, On Shearing

While reading an excerpt of Hesiod’s Works and Days, I was charmed by his words on sheep shearing and thought I’d share them:

The eleventh day, and the twelfth too, are both very good days
either for shearing sheep or for reaping the good harvest; 
but of these the twelfth day is far better than the eleventh,
for it is on the twelfth that the air-flying spider weaves
her web in the full of the day, and Know All, the ant, piles her dirt hill.
On this day a wife could set up her loom and get her work going.

I just love the presence of the spider as a good time to weave, and thus to shear… though it doesn’t leave much time for fleece processing, does it?!

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