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By Athanassios Vergados

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The Hymn to Hermes, whereas definitely the main a laugh of the so-called Homeric Hymns, additionally provides an array of difficult difficulties. in exactly 580 traces, the infant god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to thieve Apollo’s livestock, 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 supplies the lyre in alternate for the farm animals. This booklet presents the 1st distinct statement committed in particular to this strange poem on the grounds that Radermacher’s 1931 version. The observation will pay distinct cognizance to linguistic, philological, and interpretive concerns. it truly is preceded by way of 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 points, 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, in keeping with F. Càssola’s version, is supplied 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, historical Greek
Type of ebook: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; faith

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Derv. col. 56 53 54 55 56 For Theagenes’ interpretation, see fr. -K. The commentator who cites this interpretation considers it a «$ μ « «. See also Lamberton (1986, 31–32) for earlier views on Theagenes and his putative connection to Pythagoreanism; further, Buffière (1956) and Ford (1999). Tate (1927) suggested that even before Theagenes (whom he considered a grammarian), Pherecydes had understood Homer allegorically; but cf. Schibli (1990, 99 n. 54, 117 n. 30). See Struck (2004); the argument is presented more concisely in Struck (2005).

Graefe (1963) argued that Hermes and Apollo’s reconciliation was an allusion to the alliance between Themistocles and Cimon; he saw a reflection of Themistocles’ cunning in Hermes’ clever acts, while he considered Apollo’s gifts to symbolize Cimon’s lavishness. He consequently dated the poem to 475 BC. Cf. Hes. Op. 79–80. Gera (2003, 115–18) discusses the evidence for Hermes as the inventor of language and speech. Plato Cra. 407e associates Hermes and «, but modern linguistics contests the etymological link between the two words; cf.

The tortoise becomes a woman of ill repute who walks with the appropriate gait. Hermes addresses it as if it were a pretty girl (esp. 31–32; note that later the chelys-lyre will be presented as a hetaira) which he – the infant! – wants to lead into his home. The god 34 Introduction is said to laugh at this sight (29 $ « ), and we will also laugh hearing/reading this description, not the least when we consider that the tortoise was not a lustful animal and was proverbially silent (see p. 258, 530).

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