The Homeric Hymns

The Homeric Hymns : Interpretative Essays

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This is the first collection of scholarly essays on the Homeric Hymns, a corpus of 33 hexameter poems celebrating gods that were probably recited at religious festivals, among other possible performance venues, and were frequently attributed in antiquity to Homer. After a general introduction to modern scholarship on the Homeric Hymns, the essays of the first part of the book examine in detail aspects of the longer narrative poems in the collection, while those of the second part give critical attention to the shorter poems and to the collection as a whole. The contributors to the volume present a wide range of stimulating views on the study of the Homeric Hymns, which have attracted much interest in recent years.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 32mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 in-text illustrations
  • 0199589038
  • 9780199589036
  • 1,667,560

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Andrew Faulkner is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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This book will succeed in stimulating interest in this important group of poems. Readers less familiar with the scholarship might profit from reading the general essays in Part II before the specialized essays in Part I. Hel Foley, Phoneix Although every chapter focuses on particular questions, the authors pay attention to the status quaestionis of principal problems (date, performance, genre, function), in such a rigorous way that the book is very coherent and extremely rich in information. It is, therefore, a clear presentation of the overall panorama, and an indispensable tool for the study of these interesting compositions. Bryn Mawr Classical Review [a] splendid collection. Peter Thonemann, Times Literary Supplement

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