By Athanassios Vergados
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Aims and Scope
The Hymn to Hermes, whereas absolutely the main a laugh of the so-called Homeric Hymns, additionally offers an array of hard difficulties. in exactly 580 traces, the child god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to scouse borrow Apollo’s farm animals, organizes a ceremonial dinner on the river Alpheios the place he serves the beef of 2 of the stolen animals, cunningly defends his innocence, and is ultimately reconciled to Apollo, to whom he provides the lyre in alternate for the farm animals. This booklet offers the 1st special remark committed in particular to this strange poem when you consider that Radermacher’s 1931 variation. The statement will pay distinctive awareness to linguistic, philological, and interpretive concerns. it really is preceded by way of a close advent that addresses the Hymn’s principles on poetry and track, the poem’s humour, the Hymn’s relation to different archaic hexameter literature either in thematic and technical elements, 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 serious textual content, in line with F. Càssola’s variation, 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, historic Greek
Type of booklet: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; faith