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 more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 32mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 in-text illustrations
  • 0199589038
  • 9780199589036
  • 1,887,160

About Assistant Professor of Classical Studies Andrew Faulkner

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

Review quote

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 Supplementshow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; 1. Modern Scholarship on the Homeric Hymns: Foundational Issues ; PART I ; 2. The First Homeric Hymn to Dionysus ; 3. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Some Central Questions Revisited ; 4. The Homeric Hymn to Apollo: The Question of Unity ; 5. The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Humour and Epiphany ; 6. An Erotic Aristeia: The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite and its Relation to the Iliadic Tradition ; 7. The Seventh Homeric Hymn to Dionysus: An Epiphanic Sketch ; 8. The Homeric Hymn to Pan ; PART II ; 9. The Collection of Homeric Hymns: From the Seventh to the Third Centuries BC ; 10. Homeric and un-Homeric Hexameter Hymns: A Question of Type ; 11. The Homeric Hymns as Genre ; 12. Children of Zeus in the Homeric Hymns: Generational Succession ; 13. The Earliest Phases in the Reception of the Homeric Hymns ; 14. The Homeric Hymns as Poetic Offerings: Musical and Ritual Relationships with the Godsshow more