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Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries : Callimachus: Hymn to Demeter Series Number 27 - Callimachus

Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries

Callimachus: Hymn to Demeter Series Number 27

By: Callimachus, Neil Hopkinson (Editor)


Published: 20th May 2004
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Callimachus was one of the most important and influential writers in the ancient world. He was the outstanding poet of the Hellenistic period, and had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Greek and Roman literature. The hymns are intricate, allusive and difficult poetry, and need elucidation for the modern reader. Dr Hopkinson has established a new text of Callimachus' Sixth Hymn, The Hymn to Demeter, which is printed here with a facing English translation. In his thorough analysis of the poem it is the editor's aim to show how Callimachus adapts and borrows from Homer and other early poetry to form a new type of poetic diction. The introduction has full discussions of the poem's ritual setting, of its extraordinary inset narrative, and of Callimachus' treatment of dialect and metre. The extensive commentary elucidates difficulties in the text and treats critical, linguistic and stylistic points with reference to the Latin and later Greek hexameter writers. This is the first full edition of and commentary on the work in English. It will be welcomed by Greek scholars and those interested in Greek and Roman poetry.

'... enables one to plunge fully into a single poem and explore all its myriad facets. that it is well written and engaging is an added incentive, pewrhaps 3even an essential one for the none-academic reader.' P.N. Review

Abbreviations and bibliography
Sigla Codicum Athenaei
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ISBN: 9780521604369
ISBN-10: 0521604362
Series: Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 20th May 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.29