By Athanassios Vergados
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Aims and Scope
The Hymn to Hermes, whereas definitely the main fun of the so-called Homeric Hymns, additionally provides an array of difficult difficulties. in precisely 580 traces, the baby god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to scouse borrow Apollo’s farm animals, organizes a dinner party on the river Alpheios the place he serves the beef of 2 of the stolen animals, cunningly defends his innocence, and is eventually reconciled to Apollo, to whom he provides the lyre in alternate for the farm animals. This e-book offers the 1st specified remark dedicated particularly to this strange poem considering Radermacher’s 1931 version. The statement can pay detailed consciousness to linguistic, philological, and interpretive issues. it really is preceded via a close creation that addresses the Hymn’s rules on poetry and song, the poem’s humour, the Hymn’s relation to different archaic hexameter literature either in thematic and technical features, the poem’s reception in later literature, its constitution, the problem of its date and position of composition, and the query of its transmission. The severe textual content, according to F. Càssola’s version, is provided with an gear of formulaic parallels in archaic hexameter poetry in addition to attainable verbal echoes in later literature.
Athanassios Vergados, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, andNational and Kapodistrian collage of Athens, Greece.
xiv, 718 pages
Language: English, old Greek
Type of book: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; faith