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Description - Homeric Hymns by Homer

Performances of Greek epics customarily began with a hymn to a god or goddess - as Hesiod's "Theogony" and "Works and Days" do. A collection of 33 such poems has come down to us from antiquity under the title "Hymns of Homer". This volume contains, in addition to the hymns, fragments of five comic poems that were connected with Homer's name in or just after the Classical period (but are not today believed to be by the author of the "Iliad" or the "Odyssey"). Here too is a collection of ancient accounts of the poet's life. The hymns range widely in length: two are over 500 lines long; several run only a half-dozen lines. Among the longest are the hymn To Demeter, which tells the foundational story of the Eleusinian Mysters, and To Hermes, distinctive in being amusing. The comic poems gathered as Homeric apocrypha include "Margites", the "Battle of Frogs and Mice" and a fragment of a perhaps earlier poem of the same type called "Battle of the Weasel and the Mice". The edition of Lives of Homer contains "The Contest of Homer and Hesiod" and nine other biographical accounts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674996069
ISBN-10: 0674996062
Format: Hardback
(169mm x 116mm x mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: LOEB
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Homer

MARTIN L. WEST is Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.

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