Three Homeric Hymns

To Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite

Author: Nicholas Richardson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521451582

Category: History

Page: 272

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Specifically designed for upper-level students of these major narrative works of early Greek poetry.

The Homeric Hymns

A Translation, with Introduction and Notes

Author: Diane J. Rayor

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520282116

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 8342

"This updated edition incorporates twenty-eight new lines in the first Hymn to Dionysos, along with expanded notes, a new preface, and an enhanced bibliography. With her introduction and notes, Rayor places the hymns in their historical and aesthetic context, providing the information needed to read, interpret, and fully apreciate these literary windows on an ancient world."--P. [4] of cover.

The Politics of Olympus

Form and Meaning in the Major Homeric Hymns

Author: Jenny Strauss Clay

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: 9781853996924

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8563

Jenny Strauss Clay provides a systematic & convincing reading of the four Homeric hymns as a group, & in relation to the epics of Homer & the 'Theogony' of Hesiod. She reveals unexpected subtleties & coherence, & also shows how the hymns work in combination to provide an over-arching Greek worldview. 'This important and ground-breaking book provides a systematic and convincing reading of these four fascinating poems as a group, and in relation to the epics of Homer and the Theogony of Hesiod. Clay's expert and highly original analysis of the poems' narrative and thematic patterns succeeds brilliantly in demonstrating not only the unexpected subtlety and coherence of each Hymn, but also the ways in which they work in combination to provide an over-arching Greek world-view. This is by far the best book that has been written on this important body of poetry.' -- Mark Griffith, University of California, Berkeley 'Though controversial in many places, this book is of great value to classicists. Its assumption that the poems have an intellectual and "theological" coherence... is welcome and will benefit those who teach the Hymns.' -- Charles Platter, Classical Outlook

Homeric Hymns

Author: Sarah Ruden

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872207257

Category: Poetry

Page: 104

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Poet and translator Sarah Ruden offers a sparkling new translation of one of our prime sources for archaic Greek mythology, ritual, cosmology, and psychology.

Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

Author: Hesiod

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 657

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Hesiod (Hesiodus), an epic poet apparently of the eighth century BC, was born in Asia Minor but moved to Boeotia in central Greece. He was regarded by later Greeks as a contemporary of Homer. Three works survive under Hesiod's name: (1) "Works and Days," addressed to his brother. In it he gives us the allegories of the two Strifes, and the myth of Pandora; stresses that every man must work; describes the accepted Five Ages of the world; delivers moral advice; surveys in splendid style a year's work on a farm; gives precepts on navigation; and propounds lucky and unlucky days. (2) "Theogony," a religious work about the rise of the gods and the universe from Chaos to the triumph of Zeus, and about the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal men. (3) "The Shield" (not by Hesiod), an extract from a "Catalogue of Women," the subject being Alcmena and her son Heracles and his contest with Cycnus, with a description of Heracles' shield. All three works are of great literary interest.

The Homeric Hymns

Author: Michael Crudden

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192802408

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 159

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The Homeric Hymns honor the Greek gods. Once attributed to Homer, it is now accepted that the hymns were composed by later poets working in the same tradition, probably during the seventh and sixth centuries BC. This volume offers a new faithful verse translation of all the hymns, ExplanatoryNotes, and a Glossary of Names.

The "Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite" and Related Texts

Text, Translation and Commentary

Author: S. Douglas Olson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110260743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

View: 6083

The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (600s BCE?) tells the story of a brief encounter between the goddess of love and the cowherd Anchises, which led to the birth of the Trojan hero Aeneas. Less than 300 lines long, it is among the shortest of the so-called ‘major Homeric Hymns’, but is nonetheless richly and beautifully conceived and narrated. This book offers a complete text of the poem and of nine related ‘minor Hymns’, based on a fresh examination of the manuscripts. Also offered are a translation; a substantial introduction, which treats inter alia the problem of dating early Greek epic poetry; and a narratologically-oriented commentary.

The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

Author: Andrew Faulkner,Athanassios Vergados,Andreas Schwab

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191086967

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 450

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The Reception of the Homeric Hymns is a collection of original essays exploring the reception of the Homeric Hymns and other early hexameter poems in the literature and scholarship of the first century BC and beyond. Although much work has been done on the Hymns over the past few decades, and despite their importance within the Western literary tradition, their influence on authors after the fourth century BC has so far received relatively little attention and there remains much to explore, particularly in the area of their reception in later Greco-Roman literature and art. This volume aims to address this gap in scholarship by discussing a variety of Latin and Greek texts and authors across the late Hellenistic, Imperial, and Late Antique periods, including studies of major Latin authors, such as Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, and Byzantine authors writing in classicizing verse. While much of the book deals with classical reception of the Hymns, including looking beyond the textual realm to their influence on art, the editors and contributors have extended its scope to include discussion of Italian literature of the fifteenth century, German scholarship of the nineteenth century, and the English Romantic poets, demonstrating the enduring legacy of the Homeric Hymns in the literary world.

Ovid: Heroides XVI-XXI

Author: Ovid,E. J. Kenney

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521466233

Category: History

Page: 269

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This is an edition with commentary of six poems by the Roman poet Ovid. These are the letters, as Ovid imagined them, exchanged between three famous pairs of lovers, Paris and Helen of Troy, Hero and Leander, and Acontius and Cydippe. Interest in Ovid has never been more lively than it is today, and this book will have much to offer students at all levels. This is the first commentary in any language since 1898 on these "double" letters. It complements Peter E. Knox's selection of the single epistles in the same series.

Hermes the Thief

The Evolution of a Myth

Author: Norman Oliver Brown

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780940262263

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

View: 8705

Hermes -- trickster and culture hero, divine child and patron of steady action, master of magic words, seducer and whisper -- is a vital and complex figure in Greek mythology. Who is this tricky shapechanger? A classic, prescient work dealing with myth and cult which traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to Homeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.

The Homeric Hymns

Author: Susan C. Shelmerdine

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1585104779

Category: Poetry

Page: 196

View: 6023

This is a collection of the standard texts of ancient Greek which are important components of what we know about Greek myth, religion, language and culture. All of the works collectively known as the Homeric Hymns are collected and translated here in their entirety, and the work includes ample notes and an introduction to provide information on the works' historic importance, a chronological table, genealogical chart, maps of Greece and the Aegean Islands, and illustrations of vase paintings with mythological themes. This edition is part of the Focus Classical Library.

The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite

Introduction, Text, and Commentary

Author: Andrew Faulkner

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191553425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

View: 7814

The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, which tells of the seduction of the shepherd Anchises by the love-goddess Aphrodite, has long been recognized as a masterpiece of early Western literature. This edition is designed as a reference tool to aid scholars and students in their study of the poem. The introduction and commentary deal with points of language appropriate to the specialist or student of Greek, but also with matters of literary interpretation of interest to the non-specialist reader.

Pausanias' Guide to Ancient Greece

Author: Christian Habicht

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520061705

Category: History

Page: 205

View: 1409

A Greek who lived in Asia Minor during the second century A.D., Pausanias traveled through Greece and wrote an invaluable description of its classical sites that is a treasure trove of information on archaeology, religion, history, and art. Although ignored during his own time, Pausanias is increasingly important in ours--to historians, tourists, and archaeologists. Christian Habicht offers a wide-ranging study of Pausanias' work and personality. He investigates his background, chronology, and methods, and also discusses Pausanias' value as a guide for modern scholars and travellers, his attitude toward the Roman world he lived in, and his reception among critics in modern times. A new preface summarizes the most recent scholarship.

The Homeric Hymns

Interpretative Essays

Author: Andrew Faulkner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199589038

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 9952

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.

A Guide to Hellenistic Literature

Author: Kathryn Gutzwiller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470766085

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 2576

This book is a guide to the extraordinarily diverse literature of the Hellenistic period. A guide to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE to the Battle of Actium in 31 BC Provides overviews of the social, political, intellectual and literary historical contexts in which Hellenistic literature was produced Introduces the major writers and genres of the period Provides information about style, meter and languages to aid readers with no prior knowledge of the language in understanding technical aspects of literary Greek Distinctive in its coverage of current issues in Hellenistic criticism, including audience reception, the political and social background, and Hellenistic theories of literature


Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on His Seventieth Birthday

Author: P. J. Finglass,N. J. Richardson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199285683

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 406

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A wide-ranging collection of articles on Greek poetry written by distinguished scholars from four continents. It honours the achievement of Martin West, and includes a full bibliography of his academic publications.

The Orphic Hymns

Author: N.A

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421408864

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 627

At the very beginnings of the Archaic Age, the great singer Orpheus taught a new religion that centered around the immortality of the human soul and its journey after death on its way to finding a permanent home. He felt that achieving purity by avoiding meat and refraining from committing harm further promoted the pursuit of a peaceful life. Elements of the worship of Dionysus, such as shape-shifting and ritualistic ecstasy, were fused with Orphic beliefs to produce a powerful and illuminating new religion that found expression in the mystery cults. Practitioners of this new religion composed a great body of poetry, much of which is translated in The Orphic Hymns. The hymns presented in this book were anonymously composed somewhere in Asia Minor, most likely in the middle of the third century AD. At this turbulent time, the Hellenic past was fighting for its survival, while the new Christian faith was spreading everywhere. The Orphic Hymns thus reflect a pious spirituality in the form of traditional literary conventions. The hymns themselves are devoted to specific divinities as well as to cosmic elements. Prefaced with offerings, strings of epithets invoke the various attributes of the divinity and prayers ask for peace and health to the initiate. Coauthors Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow have produced an accurate and elegant translation accompanied by rich commentary.

Greek Myths and Mesopotamia

Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod

Author: Charles Penglase

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134729308

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 8828

The Mesopotamian influence on Greek mythology in literary works of the epic period is considerable - yet it is a largely unexplored field. In this book Charles Penglase investigates major Mesopotamian and Greek myths. His examination concentrates on journey myths. A major breakthrough is achieved in the recognition of the extent of Mesopotamian influence and in the understanding of the colourful myths involved. The results are of significant interest, especially to scholars and students of ancient Greek and Near Eastern religion and mythology.