The Greek poet and historian Hesiodus (~ 750-680 BC) lived as a shepherd and farmer. Next Homer "Iliad" and "Odyssey" are his works the main source of Greek mythology. He is considered one of the first authors who described viticulture not in the usual lyrical, but in prosaic form. Hesiod is also considered the earliest agricultural author. In his main work "Theogony" explains in 1022 verses the creation of the world and the origin of the Greek gods. In the peasant epic "Works and Days" he sings the hard life of the mountain farmers in 828 verses. He advises the winegrowers Weingenuss : "Be sparing around the middle of the barrel, but when you open and at the end drink as much as you like, it's not worth the trub to save ".
He raves about a wine from the ancient city Byblos in today's Lebanon: "I love the shady rock and the Biblinerwein, a piece of cheese and goat's milk and some meat". He also reports one sweet wine from the island Cyprus made from sweet, sun-dried grapes. This was the "Nama", the forerunner of today's famous Commandaria, About the ideal time of reading for this wine, he writes: "When Orion and the star of the dog (Sirius) move into the center of the firmament, then cut off the grapes and place them in the sun for ten days and nights". That could well be considered as a guide to making sweet wine rosinierten Grapes à la Trockenbeerenauslese interpret. See also below Ancient wines,