A Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Introduction, Text and Commentary (Texte und Kommentare, Band 41)

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 not easy difficulties. in precisely 580 traces, the child god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to thieve Apollo’s farm animals, organizes a banquet 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 supplies the lyre in trade for the livestock. This publication presents the 1st specific observation committed particularly to this strange poem considering the fact that Radermacher’s 1931 variation. The remark will pay precise cognizance to linguistic, philological, and interpretive concerns. it really is preceded via an in depth creation that addresses the Hymn’s principles on poetry and tune, 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 difficulty of its date and position of composition, and the query of its transmission. The severe textual content, in accordance with 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 college of Athens, Greece.

xiv, 718 pages
Language: English, historic Greek
Type of booklet: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; faith

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