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The Homeric Hymns

The Homeric Hymns: A Translation, with Introduction and Notes

Diane J. Rayor
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition: 1
Pages: 176
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1ppwpf
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    The Homeric Hymns
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    The Homeric Hymns have survived for two and a half millennia because of their captivating stories, beautiful language, and religious significance. Well before the advent of writing in Greece, they were performed by traveling bards at religious events, competitions, banquets, and festivals. Thirty-four poems that invoke and celebrate the gods of ancient Greece, the Homeric Hymns raise questions that humanity still struggles with-questions about our place among others and in the world. "Homeric" because they were composed in the same meter, dialect, and style as Homer'sIliadandOdyssey,these "hymns" were created to be sung aloud. In this superb translation by Diane Rayor, which deftly combines accuracy and poetry, the ancient music of the hymns comes alive for the modern reader. Here is the birth of Apollo, god of prophecy, healing, and music and founder of Delphi, the most famous oracular shrine in ancient Greece. Here is Zeus, inflicting upon Aphrodite her own mighty power to cause gods to mate with humans, and here is Demeter rescuing her daughter Persephone from the underworld and initiating the rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries. With her introduction and notes, Rayor places the hymns in their historical and aesthetic context, providing all the information needed to read, interpret, and fully appreciate these literary windows on an ancient world. As introductions to the Greek gods, entrancing stories, exquisite poetry, and early literary records of key religious rituals and sites,The Homeric Hymnsshould be read by any student of mythology, classical literature, ancient religion, women in antiquity, or the Greek language.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93747-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Map
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-14)

    TheHomeric Hymnshave survived for two and a half millennia because of their captivating stories, beautiful language, and religious significance. I have been teaching theHymnsin courses-mythology, classical literature, women in antiquity, and Greek language-for many years. I love them, and my students usually do too. The myths in these poems raise questions that humanity still struggles to answer-questions about our relationships with others and our place in the world.

    TheHomeric Hymnsis a collection of thirty-four poems: thirty-three invoke and celebrate the gods and one addresses “hosts,” either the hosts of the immediate performance or all...

  6. 1. HYMN TO DIONYSOS
    (pp. 15-16)
  7. 2. HYMN TO DEMETER
    (pp. 17-34)
  8. 3. HYMN TO APOLLO
    (pp. 35-54)
  9. 4. HYMN TO HERMES
    (pp. 55-74)
  10. 5. HYMN TO APHRODITE
    (pp. 75-85)
  11. 6. HYMN TO APHRODITE
    (pp. 86-86)
  12. 7. HYMN TO DIONYSOS
    (pp. 87-89)
  13. 8. HYMN TO ARES
    (pp. 89-89)
  14. 9. HYMN TO ARTEMIS
    (pp. 89-90)
  15. 10. HYMN TO APHRODITE
    (pp. 90-90)
  16. 11. HYMN TO ATHENA
    (pp. 90-90)
  17. 12. HYMN TO HERA
    (pp. 91-91)
  18. 13. HYMN TO DEMETER
    (pp. 91-91)
  19. 14. HYMN TO MOTHER OF THE GODS
    (pp. 91-91)
  20. 15. HYMN TO LION-HEARTED HERAKLES
    (pp. 92-92)
  21. 16. HYMN TO ASKLEPIOS
    (pp. 92-92)
  22. 17. HYMN TO THE DIOSKOUROI
    (pp. 92-92)
  23. 18. HYMN TO HERMES
    (pp. 93-93)
  24. 19. HYMN TO PAN
    (pp. 93-95)
  25. 20. HYMN TO HEPHAISTOS
    (pp. 95-95)
  26. 21. HYMN TO APOLLO
    (pp. 95-95)
  27. 22. HYMN TO POSEIDON
    (pp. 96-96)
  28. 23. HYMN TO ZEUS
    (pp. 96-96)
  29. 24. HYMN TO HESTIA
    (pp. 96-96)
  30. 25. HYMN TO THE MUSES, APOLLO, AND ZEUS
    (pp. 97-97)
  31. 26. HYMN TO DIONYSOS
    (pp. 97-97)
  32. 27. HYMN TO ARTEMIS
    (pp. 98-98)
  33. 28. HYMN TO ATHENA
    (pp. 98-99)
  34. 29. HYMN TO HESTIA AND HERMES
    (pp. 99-100)
  35. 30. HYMN TO GAIA
    (pp. 100-100)
  36. 31. HYMN TO HELIOS
    (pp. 101-101)
  37. 32. HYMN TO SELENE
    (pp. 101-102)
  38. 33. HYMN TO THE DIOSKOUROI
    (pp. 102-103)
  39. 34. HYMN TO XENOI
    (pp. 103-104)
  40. NOTES
    (pp. 105-150)
  41. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 151-158)
  42. GLOSSARY
    (pp. 159-164)
  43. Back Matter
    (pp. 165-167)