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The Homeric

The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"

Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

By: Helene P. Foley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th November 1993
ISBN: 9780691014791
Number Of Pages: 320

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The Homeric" Hymn to Demeter," composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord of the underworld, abducted the goddess Persephone and how her grieving mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain, forced the gods to allow Persephone to return to her for part of each year. Helene Foley presents the Greek text and an annotated translation of this poem, together with selected essays that give the reader a rich understanding of the "Hymn"'s structure and artistry, its role in the religious life of the ancient world, and its meaning for the modern world.

"Foley synthesizes important insights of the articles she reprints and of much other scholarship besides, and builds on them to construct a comprehensive and persuasive reading of her own."--William G. Thalmann, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Foley's book is the first full-length study in English of the Hymn... It is a welcome and much-needed work... Foley's analysis of the Hymn is an excellent demonstration of how it can be interpreted in the light of the [Eleusinian] Mysteries."--Ann C. Suter, New England Classical Newsletter and Journal "Foley's attempt to connect the psychological, cosmological, and theological themes in the Hymn is her greatest success."--Victoria Pedrick, The Classical Journal

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Text and Translation, Commentary, and Backgroundp. 1
Text and Translation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeterp. 2
Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Demeterp. 28
Background: The Eleusinian Mysteries and Women's Rites for Demeterp. 65
Interpretive Essay on the Homeric Hymn to Demeterp. 77
Interpreting the Hymn to Demeterp. 83
The "Theology" Of the Mysteriesp. 84
Variants of the Myth and the Importance of the Version in the Hymn to Demeterp. 97
Female Experience in the Hymn to Demeterp. 103
Marriagep. 104
Gender Conflict and the Cosmological Traditionp. 112
The Mother/Daughter Romancep. 118
The Psychology of the Mysteriesp. 137
The Hymn to Demeter and the Polisp. 142
Christianity and the Hymn to Demeterp. 150
The Influence of the Hymn to Demeter and Its Mythp. 151
App. Eleusis and Athensp. 169
App. The Hymn to Demeter as a Panhellenic Poemp. 175
Further Interpretation: Contributed Articlesp. 179
Withdrawal and Return: An Epic Story Pattern in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in the Homeric Poemsp. 181
Some Functions of the Demophoon Episode in the Homeric Hymn to Demeterp. 190
Concerning the Homeric Hymn to Demeterp. 198
Politics and Pomegranates: An Interpretation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeterp. 212
Family Structure and Feminine Personalityp. 243
Bibliographyp. 267
Index Locorump. 283
General Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780691014791
ISBN-10: 0691014795
Series: Mythos Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 29th November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45