Homer, Hesiod and the Hymns: Diachronic Development in Epic Diction

Homer, Hesiod and the Hymns: Diachronic Development in Epic Diction

Hardback Cambridge Classical Studies

By (author) Richard Janko

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  • Format: Hardback | 338 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 22mm | 470g
  • Publication date: 9 September 1982
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521238692
  • ISBN 13: 9780521238694
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index

Product description

This book investigates the history of the ancient Greek tradition of oral epic poetry which culminated in the Iliad and Odyssey. These masterpieces did not exhaust the tradition, and poems were composed in the same style for several generations afterwards. One group of such poems is the 'Homeric Hymns', ascribed to Homer in antiquity. In fact the origins of these Hymns are as mysterious as those of the Homeric epics themselves with little external evidence to assist. This book will be of interest to scholars concerned with Greek philology and dialects, Homeric epic and Greek literature of the Archaic period. It should also find readers amongst specialists in other oral poetries and those using computers in the Humanities.

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Table of contents

List of tables and figures; Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction and methodology; 2. The problem of oral compostion; 3. Digamma, alternative morphs and other criteria; 4. Diachronic and regional developments; Excurses: the date of Hesiod and the Lelantine War; 5. The Hymn to Delian Apollo; 6. The Hymn to Pythian Apollo; 7. The Hymn to Hermes; 8. The Hymn to Aphrodite; 9. Other hymns; 10. Conclusions; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Indices.