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Three Homeric Hymns : To Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite - Nicholas Richardson

Three Homeric Hymns

To Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite


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These lively narrative poems, attributed in antiquity to Homer, are works of great charm. Composed for recitation at festivals in honour of the gods, they tell of Apollo's birth on the island of Delos and his foundation of the Delphic oracle; Hermes' invention of the lyre and theft of his brother Apollo's cattle; and Aphrodite's love affair with the mortal Anchises. This edition offers a new text of these poems. The Introduction discusses among other things the nature and purpose of the poems in general, their origins, their structure and themes. The Commentary brings out the individual character of each Hymn, by analyzing in depth its language and literary qualities, and also its religious and historical aspects. The aim is to make these Hymns more accessible to students of Greek literature, and help them to appreciate the poems more fully as major works of early Greek poetry.

'We are all grateful to [Richardson] for making this excellent resource available, one that renders these delightful poems accessible to instructors and students alike and communicates both their cultural significance and their charm.' Hermathena

List of maps and figurep. viii
Prefacep. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Homeric Hymnsp. 1
Nature and purposep. 1
Origins of the collectionp. 3
Structure and themesp. 4
Hymn to Apollop. 9
Structurep. 9
Authorship and datep. 13
Language and stylep. 15
Hymn to Hermesp. 17
Structurep. 17
The hymn as comedyp. 19
Relationship with the Hymn to Apollop. 20
Legal aspectsp. 21
Music and prophecyp. 21
Aetiologyp. 22
Language and stylep. 23
Dating, and occasion of first performancep. 24
Relationship with other versionsp. 25
Hymn to Aphroditep. 27
Structure and themesp. 27
Relationship with other early poetryp. 29
Date and place of compositionp. 30
Stylep. 30
The Homeric Hymns and Hellenistic Poetryp. 31
Transmission of the textp. 32
Siglap. 34
Three Homeric Hymnsp. 35
To Apollop. 37
To Hermesp. 53
To Aphroditep. 71
Commentaryp. 81
Bibliographyp. 256
Indexesp. 268
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ISBN: 9780521451581
ISBN-10: 0521451582
Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5